Book Reviews

Book Review: Crossing by Pajtim Statovci

“This novel is more than just the crossing of physical borders, as its protagonist explores the crossing of gender and sexuality”   Bujar’s world is collapsing.  His father is dying […]

Book Review: The Red Gene by Barbara Lamplugh

“A remarkably moving novel about love, loss, and family that spans three generations and almost 80 decades” – a CUB must-read! When Rose, a young English nurse with humanitarian convictions, […]

Book Review: Open Reveries By Bruno Cooke

“An unusual novel that nevertheless captures the difficulties of growing up and the importance of family” Richard is a victim of tempestuous bowels, Nicole of delayed tooth eruption. After bizarre […]

Book Review: Liar by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

“A unique and beautifully written novel that explores the ethics and consequences of lying.” Nofar is just an ordinary teenage girl – so ordinary that she’s almost invisible. Serving customers […]

Book Review: Only Killers and Thieves by Paul Howarth

“A poignant and disturbing novel that explores a fraternal relationship, set in the harsh outback of colonial Australia” – a CUB must-read!  Queensland, 1885. One sweltering day in the Australian outback, Tommy […]

Book Review: Time’s Tide by Adrian Harvey

“A moving exploration of the relationship between father and son set in a picturesque landscape.”   Father and son, Erikur and Arni, struggle to overcome the emotional distance between them. Each is drawn inexorably […]

YA Fiction, the Rise of Social Media and Savannah Brown

On March 13th, I attended an event at Waterstones in Piccadilly for the release of Savannah Brown’s debut YA novel The Truth About Keeping Secrets. The first time I heard […]

Book Review: Casanova and the Faceless Woman by Olivier Barde-Cabuçon

“A compelling thriller set in pre-revolutionary France with engaging characters that you are never entirely sure if you can trust” – a CUB must-read!  1759. Outside the gates of the magnificent […]

Book Review: ‘Jog On’ by Bella Mackie

Picture this: A freezing, rainy February day in beautiful Mile End. I’m homesick. The Philadelphia Eagles have just won the Super Bowl. My friends back in the States have travelled home to be […]