Dog Days by Mavis Cheek

I’ll be really honest, when I was offered a selection of Mavis Cheek novels – all of which were promised to be fun, comforting, enjoyable women’s fiction – I chose this one because, well, I like dogs. I’ll tell you now, it does not centre around a dog, rather, the acquisition of a sluggish pet…

How to Self Publish – Tips from Harrogate Crime Writing Festival

A few weeks ago, I went further north than I had ever traveled before. Well, almost. I was later reminded by my mother that the Lake District is in fact not the Peak District and, also, really far away from us in the south. (I was young, car journeys always felt long.) Anyway, my second-furthest-north-ever…

Sebastian Faulks ‘A Possible Life’ – an Unsatisfying Read

Having previously read and greatly enjoyed Birdsong and The Girl at the Lion D’Or, I was very much looking forward to reading another Sebastian Faulks, in fact, one of his most recent efforts, as A Possible Life was published in 2012. Faulks has become known and respected for his historical fiction which often finds itself in…

Book Club – ‘The Miniaturist’ by Jessie Burton

Jessie Burton’s novel The Miniaturist – published last July – has been incredibly well received, being named Waterstones’ book of 2014 and a Sunday Times number one bestseller. One of the aspects of this novel which makes it so good, particularly from the view of an aspiring author myself, is that it is her début…