Category Archives: Book Reviews

Review of Sitting Ducks

My review of Lisa Blower’s Stoke-on-Trent-based novel Sitting Ducks has been published on Structo literary magazine’s website here.  

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Sitting Ducks – the Potteries in fiction

Sitting Ducks is a great title and Potteries author Lisa Blower has form for using her home city’s phrases and landscape in her work. Last Saturday I went along to see Lisa in conversation with Staffordshire University lecturer Dr Catherine … Continue reading

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Natural Causes and The Book of Souls – Book Review

                              If you’re a Scottish crime writer then it’s a given that newspapers will refer to you as ‘the next Ian Rankin’ or the ‘natural successor’ … Continue reading

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Book review – Are We Nearly There Yet?

Anyone who’s lost their temper on the school run or been the target of sustained harmonica playing or crisp munching from the child seats while trying to navigate the North Yorks Moors in driving rain and mist should thank their … Continue reading

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Book Review – A Kind of Intimacy by Jenn Ashworth

It was the hedgehog (melon wrapped in silver foil) and spiked with cheese and pickled onion nibbles that got my attention….. Jenn Ashworth has written three novels – the latest The Friday Gospels – has picked up a number of … Continue reading

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Porridge and Perrin – Jonathan Coe at Birmingham Lit Fest

A short reading from Jonathan Coe’s latest novel Expo 58 brought chuckles and snorts from an enthusiastic audience at the new Library of Birmingham. He read a section of dialogue in which his characters debated whether a toilet should form … Continue reading

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Book Review – Something You Are

It’s not the kind of cover I’d usually pick up, be attracted to. Yes, despite the phrase we do judge them by their covers with all kinds of subtle messages being sent to the reader by marketing teams. I was sent … Continue reading

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