My Bookish weekly wrap up – week 29 2018

Hello! There has been rain!! Wet stuff falling from the sky! It was glorious!! That’s what the never ending heatwave has done to me! Celebrating raindrops!! Back to sunny again today though but very windy! What will the weather throw at us next I wonder?!

The extreme heat of the past week – well over 30 degrees most days – has meant that reading has been a great way of passing time and distracting myself from it being too hot! So 6 books have been consumed and enjoyed this week! It’s also been a great week on the bookpost front – so grab a cuppa and enjoy my little look back on the week just gone, and a sneak peek at what I’m currently reading!


Summer at Carrick Park by Kirsty Ferry  – 4 stars

Fabulous novella that I didn’t want to end!

The Cheesemaker’s House by Jane Cable  –  4 stars

Read ahead of a forthcoming Blog Tour – thoroughly enjoyed it!

The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway by Rhys Thomas – 5 stars

Another Blog Tour read – I ADORED this book!!

Sour Fruit by Eli Allison – 3.5 stars

Another Blog Tour read – and one that had me laughing out loud on  a number of occasions!

Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone – 4 stars

Loved this! Felt like a classic childrens’ adventure! Magical!

Dear Mrs Bird by A.J. Pearce  – 5 stars



Been a very lucky bunny on the book post front this week! Ooh and there was a NetGalley weak moment too!

Under the Wig by William Clegg QC

A Lawyer’s Stories of Murder, Guilt and Innocence

Hardback, 288 pages

ISBN 9781912454082

Publication: 4 October 2018

How can you speak up for someone accused of a savage murder? How do you sway a jury? Or get a judge to drop a case?

Meet London’s top murder case lawyer as he meets clients in prisons, confronts witnesses in packed courts — and frees innocent people jailed for decades.

In this vivid memoir, William Clegg QC revisits his most intriguing trials, from the acquittal of Colin Stagg to the murder of Jill Dando, and from Britain’s first Nazi war criminal to the man given life because of an earprint.

All the while he lays bare the secrets of his profession, from the rivalry among barristers to the nervous moments before a verdict — and how our right to a fair trial is now in peril. Switch off the TV dramas and plunge into the criminal law in action.

 An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire

Publication Date – August 2018 by Lightning Books

SHORTLISTED: Miles Franklin Literary Award


SHORTLISTED: Ned Kelly Prize for Best Crime Novel

When 25-year-old Bella Michaels is brutally murdered in the small town of Strathdee, the community is stunned and a media storm ensues.

Unwillingly thrust into the eye of that storm are Bella’s beloved older sister, Chris, a barmaid at the local pub, whose apparently easy-going nature conceals hard-won wisdom and the kind of street-smarts that only experience can bring, and May Norman, a young reporter with high ideals sent to cover the story.

An Isolated Incident is a humane and beautifully observed tale of everyday violence, the media’s obsession with the murders of pretty young women and the absence left in the world when someone dies.

Summer of Secrets by Nikola Scott

Publication Date – 6th September 2018

Nikola Scott’s heart-breaking and unforgettable new novel tells the story of two women linked by a dark secret, in 1939 and the modern day. Not to be missed by readers of Dinah Jefferies and Kate Morton.

1939. Madeleine, an orphaned young woman, fears that life at her beautiful family home Summerhill will change for ever when her adored sister Georgina returns from London with a handsome and charming fiancé. Maddie fears that the man Georgina loves is not all he seems. And even idyllic Cornwall is falling under the shadow of war…

Today. Chloe is newly pregnant. This should be a joyful time, but she is fearful for the future despite her husband’s devotion. When her work takes her to Summerhill, she’s drawn into the mystery of what happened there decades before. And the past reaches out to touch her in ways that could change everything…

A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille

 Published by Alma Classics

Four sailors discover a copper cylinder containing a manuscript written by the adventurer Adam More, who was shipwrecked in the southern hemisphere. They read its contents out to one another, and the incredible story unfolds of his journey to a lost world which survives at the foot of a volcano. This strange utopian society, in which humans coexist with prehistoric animals, is the antithesis of Victorian England, as poverty is preferred to wealth and darkness to light.

At once a timeless satire and a pioneering work of science fiction, A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder will enthrall readers of today and revive James De Mille’s reputation as a writer ahead of his time.

Baxter’s Requiem by Matthew Crow – NetGalley download

Let me tell you a story, about a man I knew, and a man I know…

Mr Baxter is ninety-four years old when he falls down his staircase and grudgily finds himself resident at Melrose Gardens Retirement Home.

Baxter is many things – raconteur, retired music teacher, rabble-rouser, bon viveur – but ‘good patient’ he is not. He had every intention of living his twilight years with wine, music and revelry; not tea, telly and Tramadol. Indeed, Melrose Gardens is his worst nightmare – until he meets Gregory.

At only nineteen years of age, Greg has suffered a loss so heavy that he is in danger of giving up on life before he even gets going.

Determined to save the boy, Baxter decides to enlist his help on a mission to pay tribute to his long-lost love, Thomas: the man with whom he found true happiness; the man he waved off to fight in a senseless war; the man who never returned. The best man he ever knew.

With Gregory in tow Baxter sets out on a spirited escape from Melrose, bound for the war graves of Northern France. As Baxter shares his memories, the boy starts to see that life need not be a matter of mere endurance; that the world is huge and beautiful; that kindness is strength; and that the only way to honour the dead, is to live.


At Mrs Lippincote’s by Elizabeth Taylor

The Librarian by Salley Vickers


Hope that the week ahead is just as successful! I need to be paying my #20booksofsummer challenge a bit more notice! Time flies when you’re reading…



7 thoughts on “My Bookish weekly wrap up – week 29 2018

  1. So glad you loved Dear Mrs. Bird, and hope The Librarian and At Mrs. Lippincote’s are as good as they look. Summer of Secrets sounds like one I’ll have to look out for. Hope the heatwave breaks soon!

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