ARC: The Trust

Title: The Trust Author: Ronald H. Balson Publisher: St Martin's Press Publication Date: 19th September 2017 Synopsis: When Liam reluctantly returns to Northern Ireland he learns that not only was his uncle shot to death, but he’d anticipated his own murder. In an astonishing last will and testament, Uncle Fergus has left his entire estate to a [...]

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Man Booker Prize Contenders: Lincoln in the Bardo

Title: Lincoln in the Bardo Author: George Saunders Publisher: Bloomsbury Publication Date: March 2017 (This Edition) Synopsis: February 1862. The American Civil War rages while President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son lies gravely ill. In a matter of days, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns to the [...]

Subscription: The Willoughby Book Club; May Edition

It was my first day back at work today after a lovely week off and so, naturally, I was feeling a bit down and dejected until I got home and saw a parcel from The Willoughby Book Club. I was very excited/nervous about this subscription mainly due to the fact I genuinely didn't know what [...]

Book Review: Antony and Cleopatra

Title: Antony and Cleopatra Author: William Shakespeare Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Publication Date: 1606 (this edition 2009) Rating: 4/5 Review: I haven't reviewed a play on my blog yet and I thought that Antony and Cleopatra would be a good place to start. One of my new year resolutions is to see as many Shakespeare plays performed at the [...]

The Last Books of April

This post is going to be a little different to my usual set up because I read quite a few books in April (yay!) and thought I would sum up the remaining few in one post. Simple! Name: Illuminae  Rating: 1/5 Review: I fully expect to be hunted down for this review but, in all [...]

Book Review: Hidden Figures

Title: Hidden Figures Author: Margot Lee Shetterly Publisher: William Morrow Publication Date: February 2017 (This Edition) Synopsis: Set amid the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA’s African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America’s space program. Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as ‘Human Computers’, calculating the [...]

Book Review: Heartstone

Title: Heartstone Author: C. J. Sansom Publisher: Pan Publishing Publication Date: September 2011 Synopsis: Summer, 1545. England is at war. Henry VIII's invasion of France has gone badly wrong, and a massive French fleet is preparing to sail across the Channel. As the English fleet gathers at Portsmouth, the country raises the largest militia army [...]

Book Review: The Red Queen (The Cousins’ War)

Title: The Red Queen Author: Philippa Gregory Publisher: Touchstone Publication Date: 2010 Synopsis: The Cousins' War, brings to life the story of Margaret Beaufort, a shadowy and mysterious character in the first book of the series - The White Queen - but who now takes centre stage in the bitter struggle of The War of the Roses. The Red [...]