Book Review : The Clearing

The Clearing - A Memoir of Art, Family and Mental Health, by Samantha Clark At the beginning of The Clearing we meet Samantha Clark as an excited six-year-old, sitting in the back of the car on a drive through Scotland with her Mum and Dad. She is astonished by the space rolling out around her,… Continue reading Book Review : The Clearing

Book Review: Fifty Words for Snow

Nancy Campbell's Fifty Words for Snow is a a wonderful tour through language, culture and climate. Snow Angel...A blizzard of skylarks....Snowflakes big as a dogs paw...Snow... I find snow enchanting, the magical transformation it brings to familiar landscapes, the still silence, especially at night, of a snowfall. I don't spend as much time as I'd… Continue reading Book Review: Fifty Words for Snow

Book Review: How to Cook a Wolf

My slightly battered copy read on the beaches of East Yorkshire, sometimes while eating haddock and chips. I had never heard of Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher or How to Cook a Wolf until a few weeks ago, though I have a good collection of cookery books – or food books I suppose (so many are… Continue reading Book Review: How to Cook a Wolf

Book Review: Attention All Shipping

Attention All Shipping by Charlie Connelly (Little, Brown) The shipping forecast is a  national institution. In a former life I heard it regularly on getting home late after working the evening Box Office shift, or more usually getting home late after the after work drinks. I'd dream of a simpler, less hectic, seaside life and… Continue reading Book Review: Attention All Shipping

Book Review: Under The Stars – A Journey Into Light

Under The Stars : A Journey Into Light by Matt Gaw (Elliot & Thompson) If you look up at the sky at night from your front step, back garden or high-rise window what do you see? Try it now (if it's night, and it's not cloudy) are there stars? Are there loads of them, can… Continue reading Book Review: Under The Stars – A Journey Into Light

Review: Ring The Hill

Ring The Hill by Tom Cox (Unbound) Here we are again taking wonderful walks along the lanes and fields, the beaches and - this is what it's all about - up and down hills of England in the company of Tom Cox. The whole book is threaded through with hares, as almost mythical, unfindable creatures… Continue reading Review: Ring The Hill

Review: Bone China

Bone China by Laura Purcell Fiend as I am for a spooky tale I immediately requested this when it popped up on NetGalley...: In the caves beneath a remote house on the Cornish coast Dr Pinecroft and his daughter, Louise, have created a sanatorium in an attempt to find a cure for consumption. Pinecroft is… Continue reading Review: Bone China

Review: The Ice House

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

Review: Outpost

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

Review: Cold Earth

Cold Earth by Sarah Moss (Granta) I've had this on my shelf for a while, in fact the very minute I finished 'Ghost Wall' (my review of that is here) I immediately went and searched for anything else Sarah Moss had written. I discovered via Moss's website that I have a lot more to look… Continue reading Review: Cold Earth