Hello and Happy Saturday! What will the weather throw at us next I wonder?! Had some nice thunderstorms and rainbows here this week! And the rain has been keeping the slugs and snails happy in the garden…… grrrr! My runner beans and dahlias are their current favourite munchies… not the weeds!!
On to books! And it’s been a very slow reading week! I just can’t seem to settle down to read anything! So only 2 books got finished this week but there has been bookpost which has added to the mountain, so I need to find my reading mojo ASAP! I did stay away from Netgalley though….
Here’s my look back!
THE WOMEN WHO SAVED THE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE by MATTHEW KELLY – 5 STARS
SPRING TIDES AT THE STARFISH CAFE by JESSICA REDLAND – 5 STARS
From Goldsboro Books as part of their monthly subscription…
BAD FOR GOOD by GRAHAM BARTLETT
How far would you go?
The murder of a promising footballer and, crucially, the son of the Brighton’s Chief Superintendent, means Detective Superintendent Jo Howe has a complicated and sensitive case on her hands. The situation becomes yet more desperate following devastating blackmail threats.
Howe can trust no one as she tracks the brutal killer in a city balanced on a knife edge of vigilante action and a police force riven with corruption
As part of my Fahrenheit Book Club Subscription I received this one…
THE JUDGEMENT BOOK by SIMON HALL
The race is on for crime fighting reporter Dan Groves and his detective friend Adam Breen as they are caught in a blackmailer’s web of sordid sex secrets which has already forced public figures to take their own lives. “The Judgement Book” is just a pocket diary, but festering with so much sin and scandal. First an MP, then a senior police officer kill themselves after The Book exposes their sordid secrets of sex and corruption. Scores more prominent people wait fearfully to see what will be revealed about the darkness of their own lives. Then Dan and Adam discover they too are in The Book and are forced into a desperate race to find the blackmailer, to stop them exposing the secrets which would destroy their own futures.
And from Filbert Press I received this for review…
HOW TO MAKE A WILDFLOWER MEADOW by JAMES HEWETSON-BROWN
Flowering meadows are appealing to gardeners and valuable for wildlife, but they can be difficult to establish. This book will change all that with its pragmatic yet eco-friendly advice. Gardeners and landscape professionals alike will relish James Hewetson-Brown’s common sense approach. There is no need to be an expert on habitat planting or plant ecology—just follow the step-by-step techniques. Using seed, plug plants, bulbs, and roll-out turf, you can establish meadow the same year you plant it. The book includes 30 case studies that describe successful meadow plantings alongside paths, utility areas, and ponds and in mixed borders, orchards, green roofs, sloping banks, and containers. Interviews offer a fascinating insight into the the installation process and the pleasures of living with a wildflower meadow.
And from Renard Press I received these two for my monthly subscription…
KEW GARDENS by VIRGINIA WOOLF
First published in 1921 as part of her ground-breaking short-story collection Monday or Tuesday, Kew Gardens follows the thoughts of a set of characters walking past a flower bed in the royal botanic garden on a hot July day. Interweaving the thoughts of the characters with depictions of the natural world surrounding them, the narrative flows from mind to mind, from the tranquil flower bed to the bustling city outside. Written in Woolf’s trademark style, brimming with keen observation and rich language, Kew Gardens is both a paean to the natural world and an empathetic exploration of human experience. The light fell either upon the smooth, grey back of a pebble or the shell of a snail with its brown, circular veins, or, falling into a raindrop, it expanded with such intensity of red, blue and yellow the thin walls of water that one expected them to burst and disappear… Then the breeze stirred rather more briskly overhead and the colour was flashed into the air above, into the eyes of the men and women who walk in Kew Gardens in July.
THE RIGHTS OF MAN by H.G.WELLS
In 1940 the Second World War continued to rage, and atrocities wreaked around the globe made international waves. Wells, a socialist and prominent political thinker as well as a first-rate novelist, set down in The Rights of Man a stirring manifesto, designed to instruct the international community on how best to safeguard human rights.
The work gained traction, and was soon under discussion for becoming actual legislation. Although Wells didn’t live to see it enacted, his words laid the groundwork for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which enshrined human rights in law for the first time, and was adopted by the United Nations in 1948, changing the course of history for ever and granting fundamental rights to billions.
This edition has an introduction by Burhan Sönmez, President of PEN International, ‘He Told Us So’.
And also from Renard is this one ahead of a Blog Tour, coming soon!
STILL LIVES by RESHMA RUIA
‘The glow of my cigarette picks out a dark shape lying on the ground. I bend down to take a closer look. It’s a dead sparrow. I wondered if I had become that bird, disoriented and lost.’
Young, handsome and contemptuous of his father’s traditional ways, PK Malik leaves Bombay to start a new life in America. Stopping in Manchester to visit an old friend, he thinks he sees a business opportunity, and decides to stay on. Now fifty-five, PK has fallen out of love with life. His business is struggling and his wife Geeta is lonely, pining for the India she’s left behind.
One day PK crosses the path of Esther, the wife of his business competitor, and they launch into an affair conducted in shabby hotel rooms, with the fear of discovery forever hanging in the air. Still Lives is a tightly woven, haunting work that pulls apart the threads of a family and plays with notions of identity.
Shortlisted for the SI Leeds Literary Prize
THE WITCH’S TREE by ELENA COLLINS