Hello and Happy Saturday!! Hope everyone is well! Still not feeling festive here – who knows I might put the Xmas tree up here this weekend… if I can be bothered!! It just isn’t feeling christmassy here and I don’t think tinsel and lights will change that! Maybe the sight of some bookish shaped gifts under the tree might change my mind…..
Book wise it’s been an ok past 7 days – I feel I have slowed down and am trying my best to catch up with reviews so I can be all up to date! Getting there slowly! I’ve finished 3 books this week but I have stayed away from Netgalley so that’s a positive eh! If only I could do that throughout the whole of 2021…
Here’s my look back..
MUDLARKING by LARA MAIKLEM (AUDIOBOOK) – 5 STARS
APPIUS AND VIRGINIA by G.E.TREVELYAN – 5 STARS
THE FLATSHARE by BETH O’LEARY (AUDIOBOOK) – 3 STARS
NORDIC FAUNA by ANDREA LUNDGREN
publication date – February 2021
In these six short stories, Andrea Lundgren explores a liminal space where the town meets the wilderness and human consciousness meets something more animalistic. A train stops on the track in the middle of the night and a lone woman steps out of the open doors, following a call from deep in the forest. A father is haunted by the nocturnal visits of an elusive bird, and a young girl finds escape through the occult. From foxes to whales to angels, the creatures that roam through this collection spark a desire for something more in their human counterparts: a longing for transformation.
CROW COURT by ANDY CHARMAN (copy ahead of Blog Tour)
publication date – January 2021
Spring, 1840. In the Dorset market town of Wimborne Minster, a young choirboy drowns himself. Soon after, the choirmaster—a belligerent man with a vicious reputation—is found murdered, in a discovery tainted as much by relief as it is by suspicion. The gaze of the magistrates falls on four local men, whose decisions will reverberate through the community for years to come.
So begins the chronicle of Crow Court, unravelling over fourteen delicately interwoven episodes, the town of Wimborne their backdrop: a young gentleman and his groom run off to join the army; a sleepwalking cordwainer wakes on his wife’s grave; desperate farmhands emigrate. We meet the composer with writer’s block; the smuggler; a troupe of actors down from London; and old Art Pugh, whose impoverished life has made him hard to amuse.
Meanwhile, justice waits…
nothing….. trying to find the perfect books to finish off the year with and keep changing my mind!!