Irreplaceable by Julian Hoffman (Penguin/Hamish Hamilton) We begin with a murmuration of starlings above Brighton Pier; some people have come especially to see this, some are caught up in it after a day at the seaside, or on their way elsewhere. Hoffman describes the birds "...being sieved unseen from the sea" and we can… Continue reading Review: Irreplaceable
Underland by Robert MacFarlane (Penguin/Hamish Hamilton) In the early 1980s I was 14 and we went on a geography field trip to the Dales. I wasn't what you'd describe an intrepid teenager, yet I found myself on high tightropes in tree top assault courses and caving. We went down Long Churn; I am convinced I… Continue reading Review: Underland, A Deep Time Journey.
I first wrote a version of this as a Twitter thread so some of you may have seen it before. Then I thought why not put it here too and try break though my blog-block (it's definitely a thing) at the same time. There are still a lot of books hanging about in the car… Continue reading Amelia’s Books, or, A Bit of Car Park Treasure.
The Ice House by Tim Clare (Canongate) Delphine is an old woman. For years she's lived with Thompson her dog, and Martha, a long-time - though not human - friend she made as a young girl. We join this story in a melancholy place. Delphine has cut herself off to concentrate on her studies; she… Continue reading Review: The Ice House
You Are What You Read by Jodie Jackson (Unbound) As I clatter out this post on the deadline - pretty much like any number of journalists are required to do ten times a day, apparently - we've just had the European Parliament elections, Trump (ugh) is in the UK , politics seems quite insane and… Continue reading Blog Tour: You Are What You Read
The Good Bee - A Celebration of Bees and How To Save Them by Alison Benjamin & Brian McCallum (Michael O'Mara Books) The remarkably loud buzzing of a bumble bee in early spring, as it somehow* flies from place to place like a noisy levitating pompom is one of the loveliest sounds, a sign we… Continue reading Blog Tour: The Good Bee
Blood on the Stone by Jake Lynch (Unbound) It is March 1681 and Oxford is hosting the English Parliament under the ‘merry monarch’, King Charles II. As politicians and their hangers-on converge on the divided city, an MP is found murdered, triggering tensions that threaten mayhem on the streets. Luke Sandys, Chief Officer of the Oxford Bailiffs, must… Continue reading Blog Tour : Blood on the Stone
Outpost by Dan Richards (Canongate) I first saw this book go by in a picture on Twitter, the striking red roof of the little bothy dwarfed by the moor and mountains surrounding it. That, I thought, is a book I need to read. It hasn't disappointed - in fact I think it's one of the… Continue reading Review: Outpost
After The Green Withered by Kristin Ward (Independently Published) We first meet our heroine Enora Byrne on a Tuesday morning, as the six o'clock siren goes off in their small Northwestern town. Enora must go to school, and her parents to work in the mill. They cannot wash today, they barely have enough to drink … Continue reading Review: After the Green Withered
Holloway by Robert Macfarlane, Stanley Donwood & Dan Richards (Faber & Faber) In July 2005 (or 2004, depending on if you take the date from the flyleaf or the text, but what does it matter...this is a book filled with timelessness anyway) Robert Macfarlane and Roger Deakin traveled to explore the holloways of South Dorset's… Continue reading Holloway