Book Review: The Haunting of Alma Fielding by Kate Summerscale

The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story... SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE 2020 About the Book: London, 1938. Alma Fielding, an ordinary young woman, begins to experience supernatural events in her suburban home. Nandor Fodor – a Jewish-Hungarian refugee and chief ghost hunter for the International Institute for Psychical research – begins … Continue reading Book Review: The Haunting of Alma Fielding by Kate Summerscale

Book Review: The Mystery Woman by Belinda Alexandra

The Mystery Woman… About the Book: Rebecca Wood takes the role as postmistress in a sleepy seaside town, desperate for anonymity after a scandal in Sydney. But she is confronted almost at once by a disturbing discovery - her predecessor committed suicide. To add to her worries, her hopes for a quiet life are soon … Continue reading Book Review: The Mystery Woman by Belinda Alexandra

Book Review: The Silk House by Kayte Nunn

The Silk House... About the Book: Weaving. Healing. Haunting. The spellbinding story of a mysterious boarding school sheltering a centuries-old secret by the bestselling author of THE BOTANIST'S DAUGHTER Australian history teacher Thea Rust arrives at an exclusive boarding school in the British countryside only to find that she is to look after the first … Continue reading Book Review: The Silk House by Kayte Nunn

#BlogTour #BookReview: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexican Gothic… About the Book: The acclaimed author of Gods of Jade and Shadow returns with a mesmerising feminist re-imagining of Gothic fantasy, in which a young socialite discovers the haunting secrets of a beautiful old mansion in 1950s Mexico. He is trying to poison me. You must come for me, Noemí. You have to … Continue reading #BlogTour #BookReview: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Book Review: The Art of Dying by Ambrose Parry

The Art of Dying... About the Book: The second gripping historical crime novel set in 19th century Edinburgh, co-written by bestselling author Chris Brookmyre and consultant anaesthetist Dr Marisa Haetzman. Edinburgh, 1850. Despite being at the forefront of modern medicine, hordes of patients are dying all across the city, with doctors finding their remedies powerless. … Continue reading Book Review: The Art of Dying by Ambrose Parry

Book Review: Bone China by Laura Purcell

Bone China... About the Book: Consumption has ravaged Louise Pinecroft's family, leaving her and her father alone and heartbroken. But Dr Pinecroft has plans for a revolutionary experiment: convinced that sea air will prove to be the cure his wife and children needed, he arranges to house a group of prisoners suffering from the same … Continue reading Book Review: Bone China by Laura Purcell

The Classics Eight: Macbeth by William Shakespeare

My daughter recently had to study Macbeth for year 12 senior English, as I had done twenty-five years ago. The assessment itself was essentially unchanged: a monologue presentation followed by an exam. Macbeth is my favourite of all Shakespeare's works so I was more than happy to revisit the play as a means of helping … Continue reading The Classics Eight: Macbeth by William Shakespeare

The Classics Eight: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier for #rebeccabuddyread

Rebecca... About the Book: Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . . Working as a lady's companion, the heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Life begins to look very bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of … Continue reading The Classics Eight: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier for #rebeccabuddyread