The Owl Service

The Owl Service by Alan Garner

The Owl Service by

Alison and Roger have come to Wales on a holiday with their parent and respective step-parent. Roger’s father and Alison’s mother have recently married and in a way this is a sort of bonding session. The house is technically Alison’s, she...

Some kind of fairy tale by Graham Joyce

Some kind of fairy tale by

Twenty years ago Tara Martin went missing. She simply went out one day and never came home. Her boyfriend at the time was an obvious suspect. They had rowed before she disappeared. Her brother and parents have never gotten over it....

The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

The Hundred and One Dalmatians by

Life for Mr and Mrs Dearly and their dogs, Pongo and Misses, is going well. They live near Regent’s Park in London and are very comfortably well off, Mr Dearly having helped the government out with its sums, he doesn’t really...

The Year of Wonders

Year of wonders by

The year is 1665 and Anna Frith is a widow at only 18 years of age. She has two young sons to support and she works hard. Life in a small village is hard, but she has support from her community...

Wolves by Simon Ing

Wolves by

I totally agree with that old saying “never judge a book by its cover”, but more often than not it is the cover that piques your interest. If it didn’t all books would look the same surely? Cover art is an...

A Pelican at Blandings by P G Wodehouse

A Pelican at Blandings by

Blandings Castle #11 Clarance, the ninth Earl of Emsworth is enjoying life. The pride of his life, Empress of Blandings is in good health and life at the castle is peaceful at calm. He does have an unwelcome guest, but Mr....

Michael Rosen's Sad Book

Michael Rosen’s Sad Book by

illustrated by Quentin Blake This book opens with a picture of the author, smiling. The words tell a different story. They tell us that this is a picture of Michael Rosen being sad, but trying to hide it. He tries to...

The Treachery of Beautiful Things by R F Long

The treachery of beautiful things by

Seven years ago Jenny and her brother were walking home one evening when the trees moved, and took her brother. Ever since she has had to deal with that fact, a fact that no one really believes. But now, she has...

A wrinkle in the skin by John Christopher

A Wrinkle in the skin by

AKA The Ragged Edge. Read for the 2014 Sci-Fi Experience In the 1960s a wave of earthquakes brings destruction around the globe. Isolated off the British coast Matthew Cotter thinks that they will be okay, Britain is far from any earthquake...

More Than This by Patrick Ness

More Than This by

Seth is drowning. He isn’t going to survive, there is no out for him. He drowns. But death is not the end, he wakes up in his childhood home in England. He is all alone, and wrapped in strange bandages. The...

The Man in the Picture by Susan Hill

The man in the picture by

Part of my RIP VIII reading. Oliver is visiting his old Oxford tutor when Theo begins to tell him a story. It is a cold January night, perfect for huddling round the fire and telling a ghostly atmospheric story. But Theo’s...

An Uncertain Place - Fred Vargas

An uncertain place by

Translated by Sian Reynolds. An Inspector Adamsberg novel #6 Adamsberg is in England at a European policing convention, discussing immigration and the control thereof. Well, that’s what everyone else is discussing, Adamsberg is using the fact that he can’t understand English...