The Last family in England

Also published as The Labrador Pact. I really had no idea what to expect from this book, it was simply sitting with the returns at the library and looked vaguely interesting. Plus I follow Haig on twitter despite having read only one of his books, The Radleys.1 So I picked this up. It is such […]

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

First read in December 2004, reread in July 2017. I loved this book when I first read it. And loved the tv adaptation that came out last year1 so when Aarti suggested a reread I thought it was a great idea. One of the main reasons I haven’t reread it before now is that the […]

Hampstead

There is really very little to say about this film. It was entertaining enough while watching it, but it wasn’t a gripping or wildly entertaining film. Perfectly suitable for a dreary wet afternoon’s entertainment. It made me laugh in a couple of places, and I always like Brendan Gleeson in any role1 So yeah, I’m […]

The diaries of Nella Last : writing in war & peace

This collection brings together into a single volume the best of Nella Last’s prolific outpourings, including a great deal of new, unpublished material from the war years. Capturing the everyday trials and horrors of wartime Britain and the nation’s transition into peacetime and beyond, Nella’s touching and often humorous narrative provides an invaluable historical portrait […]

Keeping the world away

Lost, found, stolen, strayed, sold, fought over… This engrossing, beautifully crafted novel follows the fictional adventures, over a hundred years, of an early 20th-century painting and the women whose lives it touches. … Quintessential Forster, this is a novel about women’s lives, about what it means and what it costs to be both a woman […]

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written […]

Good Omens

Good Omens is one of my all time favourite books. I’ve read it and reread it so many times. But it has been quite a while since I picked it up. But considering there is to be a televisual adaptation sometime in the near future I decided that it was best to read it again. […]

The Secret Horses of Briar Hill

Rec’d by Maggie Stiefvater on her tumblr. When I read the first few lines of Stiefvater’s review of The Secret Horses of Briar Hill I knew I had to try it. A book that feels like “it has always existed” with winged horses! How could I resist. And those wonderful illustrations. So I finally got […]

A Monster Calls [based on the book]

The monster does not come walking often. This time it comes to Connor, and it asks for the one thing Connor cannot bring himself to do. Tell the truth. This is a very touching story about a boy who feels very damaged, guilty and mostly angry. He struggles at school with bullies, and pity looks […]

Nutshell

Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She’s still in the marital home – a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse – but not with John. Instead, she’s with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy’s womb. […]