Hello all! Happy Saturday! May your weekend be full of happiness and books!!
My week has been exactly that! And normal service seems to be returning to my book hoarding habits – both physically and digitally! – so panic over LOL!
I managed to finish 5 books off this week so very happy with that! I also added 1 book to my Netgalley shelf, and 3 more physical books made their way to me ahead of blog tours and publication!
Here’s my look back!
RAIL JOURNEYS by DAVID ROSS – 5 STARS
AMAZING GARDENS OF THE WORLD by VIVIENNE HAMBLY – 5 STARS
ESCAPE TO LITTLE BLUEWATER BAY by JOANNE BODEN – 5 STARS
THE FALL AND RISE OF RONNI FAIRWEATHER by GINA HOLLANDS – 5 STARS
BIRD COTTAGE by EVA MEIJER – 5 STARS
Back to Netgalley we go….
SHADOWLANDS by MATTHEW GREEN
publication date – 3rd March 2022
Drowned. Buried by sand. Decimated by plague. Plunged off a cliff. This is the forgotten history of Britain’s lost cities, ghost towns, and vanished villages. From a Neolithic settlement submerged in sand to an abandoned Black Death hamlet, a Norfolk village requisitioned and zombified by the military to a medieval city swept off a shingle island, these are Britain’s shadowlands.
Rising star historian Matthew Green excavates these lost settlements in unusually vivid detail, telling the extraordinary tales of their demise. We experience life before, during, and after oblivion, meeting the humans who lived and died in these unique places, and explore the lingering, beautiful remains.
At a time when our settlements are threatened by pandemics and global warming, its story of human fragility could not be more powerful. Whether evoking the Atlantis myth or Romantic ruins, an ancient Roman metropolis or the modern coastline, Shadowlands peers through the cracks of history at Britain’s secret landscape, transforming our understanding of history by giving a truer sense of the progress of time and presaging our future.
And I was delighted to receive these in the post from Renard Press, ahead of Blog Tours in February and March.
WOMEN AND LOVE by MIRIAM BURKE
‘I couldn’t sleep that night; our conversation was like a trapped bird flying around inside my head. The next morning, I texted to say I wouldn’t be coming back. I lied about having to return to my country to nurse a sick relative. I couldn’t bear to see my story mirrored in his eyes, and to see what we never had. I knew he’d understand.’
Women and Love is a thought-provoking collection of seventeen tightly woven tales about the power of love, all its trials and complications, and the shattered lives it can leave in its wake.
The stories explore a huge variety of sorts of love surrounding women in wildly differing settings, and features an unforgettable cast including GPs, burglars, inmates, emigrant cleaners, carers, young professionals, and many more. Navigating heavy themes, with a particular focus on LGBTQ+ experiences, including gender dysphoria and searching for a sperm donor, the stories leave the reader burning with indignation, full of empathy and wonder
THE GREEN INDIAN PROBLEM by J.L.WILLETTS
Set in the valleys of South Wales at the tail end of Thatcher’s Britain, The Green Indian Problem is the story of Green, a seven year-old with intelligence beyond his years – an ordinary boy with an extraordinary problem: everyone thinks he’s a girl.
Green sets out to try and solve the mystery of his identity, but other issues keep cropping up – God, Father Christmas, cancer – and one day his best friend goes missing, leaving a rift in the community and even more unanswered questions. Dealing with deep themes of friendship, identity, child abuse and grief, The Green Indian Problem is, at heart, an all-too-real story of a young boy trying to find out why he’s not like the other boys in his class.
Longlisted for the Bridport Prize (in the Peggy Chapman-Andrews category)
And from Gallic Belgravia for review..
LEAN ON ME by SERGE JONCOUR
PUBLICATION DATE – 3RD MARCH 2022
Winner of the prestigious Prix Interallié
When a flock of crows invades their shared apartment block, farmer-turned-debt collector Ludovic and fashion designer Aurore speak for the first time. With nothing but the birds in common, the two are destined for separate lives, yet are drawn inexplicably together.
Though their story is set in Paris, the tale of Ludovic and Aurore is far from an idyllic romance. With one trapped in an unhappy marriage and the other lost in grief, the city of love has brought each of them only isolation and pain. As Aurore faces losing her business and Ludovic questions the ethics of his job, they begin a passionate affair. Love between such different people seems doomed to failure, but for these two unhappy souls trapped in ruthless worlds, perhaps loving one another is the greatest form of resistance.
From the award winning author of Wild Dog, Lean on Me explores the realities of unlikely love, and how connection and intimacy offer us an escape from all that is harsh and cold in our modern day lives.
WHEN I WAS TEN by FIONA CUMMINS – AUDIOBOOK
Aha you got the gardens book! xx
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LOL you made me do it!! And I have to say thank you! Isn’t it gorgeous?! xx
Yes makes want to visit them! xx
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