Book Review

Her Name Was Rose, by Claire Allan (2018)

This psychological thriller is a compelling read, a remarkable debut to the genre by Claire Allan. When a young woman is hit by a speeding car, a community is left in stunned grief. But one onlooker takes more of an interest in the young woman’s death - and life - than anyone, and soon finds herself overwhelmed by what she discovers.

Advertisements
musings, Uncategorized

Mid-point: 2018 reading

In today's post, I summarise my reading during the first six months of 2018 and share my top 5 books of the year so far!nths of 2018 and share my top 5 books of the year so far!

musings

Born on this day: Daphne du Maurier

Born on this day, 1907: Daphne du Maurier. "But luxury has never appealed to me, I like simple things, books, being alone, or with somebody who understands." Talk about a writer after a reader's heart! It's probably clear by now that du Maurier is my favourite author. There's so much I'm enthralled by in her… Continue reading Born on this day: Daphne du Maurier

musings

Female voices – Vote100

It's been 100 years since the 1918 Representation of the People Act became law in the UK. For the first time, a woman could cast a vote in an election. But only if she met certain conditions - she had to be over 30 years old, have a considerable income, property, or a degree. It… Continue reading Female voices – Vote100

musings

My Favourite Author: A Short Introduction

Oh Daphne du Maurier - what a writer. Where do I even start with du Maurier? Ever since my good friend recommended Rebecca to me, I have been enraptured by the exquisiteness of du Maurier’s prose, and the darkness of her stories. I love the way she pushed boundaries, experimenting with plots and themes to… Continue reading My Favourite Author: A Short Introduction

Book Review

Review: Vera, by Elizabeth von Arnim (1921)

I’m not going to lie. This book disappointed me, and it was a struggle to read. Part of that I think was deliberate: von Arnim uses a lot of repetition which results in a claustrophobic reading experience to mirror what the protagonist, Lucy, feels. That aspect was so effective. I also think, though, that either… Continue reading Review: Vera, by Elizabeth von Arnim (1921)