Jawbone Lake is set in Derbyshire, the home of the English Peak District, a place of rugged scenery, small towns and villages and a feeling of remoteness from the large cities which surround it. You could summarise it by saying that it’s about a young man discovering that his deceased father was not what [...]
I’ve never read a book by Peter May before but have heard such enthusiastic opinions of his writing that I thought I would try his latest novel, Entry Island. Peter May’s most successful books take place in his native Scotland (although he has a series about a Chinese detective). For Entry Island however, Peter May [...]
The Discourtesy of Death is the fifth novel in Matthew Brodrick’s Father Anselm series in which Anselm, the barrister turned monk, takes on an investigation into the death of a famed ballet dancer. Did she die of the bowel cancer that was bound to take her in a few months time anyway, or was she [...]
After his success with his 2011 Booker long-listed novel Derby Day, D J Taylor’s new novel, The Windsor Faction comes into the category of an “alternative history” novel – a historical novel in which some key event has been changed so that the author can explore what might have happened as events move into [...]
Wherever you go in Britain you’ll find corner shops, run by Asian people, staying open all hours of day and night and selling all those things that people run out of such as milk and cigarettes, and countless impulse buys like chocolate, lottery tickets, magazines and bottles of soft drinks. Before the wave of immigration [...]
I’ve been finding it a little difficult to get back into writing reviews since my summer break. It’s not been helped that in the last week I’ve taken delivery of a new desktop computer and I’ve been enjoying setting it up just how I like it and then wasting time playing with it’s new features. [...]
I have had a summer break from writing book reviews and intend to return now autumn is on it’s way, although I may not manage to publish the two a week I was publishing before.
For once the summer weather in the UK has been fantastic and I can look back on [...]
It is 2008, in the middle of the great banking crisis and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Salinger Nash, an artist based in London, receives a phone call from his brother Carson who has lived in America for most of his adult life, asking him to travel to America where the two of them will [...]
It’s not often I feel this enthusiastic about a debut novel from a newly-published writer. In A Wolf in Hinelheim Jenny Mayhew has created a very believable community of characters and placed them in a fictional region of Germany in 1926. Her writing and complex plotting shows a maturity which might suggest that she has [...]
In Nostalgia, Jonathan Buckley has done for the Tuscan town of Castelluccio what William Nicholson did for the Sussex town of Lewes (The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life) by writing a novel which captures the essence of people and place as he gently unpacks the life of its inhabitants for the delight of his readers.