Hello all! Happy Saturday!! Been enjoying some Spring sunshine this week, and been butterfly spotting! I love this time of year! Everything is peak green and frothy in the wild and it makes me very happy…. and a little sneezy!!
Book wise it’s not been too bad with 3 books finished – all 5 star reads too! There may have been a couple of additions to my Netgalley shelf too along with some lovely book post!
Here’s my look back!!
A TERRIBLE KINDNESS by JO BROWNING WROE – 5 STARS
A TIDY ENDING by JOANNA CANNON – 5 STARS
BUTTERFLIES by JULIANNA PHOTOPOULOS – 5 STARS
publication date – 14th June 2022
Beginning with Netgalley additions…..
THE WOMEN WHO SAVED THE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE by MATTHEW KELLY
publication date – May 31st 2022
A vibrant history of English landscape preservation over the last 150 years, told through the lives of four remarkable women
In Britain today, a mosaic of regulations protects the natural environment and guarantees public access to green spaces. But this was not always so. Over the last 150 years, activists have campaigned tirelessly for the right to roam through the countryside and the vital importance of preserving Britain’s natural beauty.
Matthew Kelly traces the history of landscape preservation through the lives of four remarkable women: Octavia Hill, Beatrix Potter, Pauline Dower, and Sylvia Sayer. From the commons of London to the Lake District, Northumberland, and Dartmoor, these women protected the English landscape at a crucial period through a mixture of environmental activism, networking, and sheer determination.
They grappled with the challenges that urbanization and industrial modernity posed to human well-being as well as the natural environment. By tirelessly seeking to reconcile the needs of particular places to the broader public interest they helped re-imagine the purpose of the English countryside for the democratic age.
CAGED LITTLE BIRDS by LUCY BANKS
publication date – September 2022
The public think Ava’s a monster. Ava thinks she’s blameless.
In prison, they called her Butcher Bird – but Ava’s not in prison any more. Released after 25 years to a new identity and a new home, Ava finally has the quiet life she’s always wanted.
But someone knows who she is. The lies she’s told are about to unravel.
And I was very thankful to receive this book from Gallic Press for review….
THE MARTINS by DAVID FOENKINOS
publication date – June 2022
‘Go out into the street and the first person you see will be the subject of your next book.’
This is the challenge a struggling Parisian writer sets himself, imagining his next heroine might be the mysterious young woman who often stands smoking near his apartment … instead it’s octogenarian Madeleine. She’s happy to become the subject of his book – but first she needs to put away her shopping.
Is it really true, the writer wonders, that every life is the stuff of novels, or is his story doomed to be hopelessly banal? As he gets to know Madeleine and her family, he’ll be privy to their secrets: lost loves, marital problems and workplace worries. And he’ll soon realise he is not the impartial bystander he intended to be, but a catalyst for major changes in the lives of his characters.
Told with Foenkinos’s characteristic irony and self-deprecating humour, yet filled with warmth, The Martins is a compelling tale of the family next door which raises questions about what it means to be ‘ordinary’, and about the blurred lines between truth and fiction.