My book week to 16 April 2016.


One of my busiest weeks so far this year when it comes to my book related matters, it has been non-stop since I posted my first My book week over a week ago. I recall saying that 2016 could be one of the best years for book releases and debut authors and so far this really has been the case with some exceptional fiction and non-fiction releases with many more to come. I have a feeling that come December we will be recalling a vintage year in literary terms.

Some will know that I am researching for a book I am planning to write well the exciting news is that it is not one book but two. I just need to find that thing called time as many writers know only too well. Many a long night lies ahead.

Looking back over the last week I posted reviews for some incredible books each one outstanding in their own right. The Week started on Monday with my review of My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout but sadly my prediction that it would make the shortlist for the 2016 Bailey’s Prize proved not to be the case. My review Here


On Tuesday I reviewed The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley, one of the great classic crime novels that has inspired many a crime writer, now re-released. You can read my review Here


Wednesday saw my review of the final book in the Enemy series by Rob Sinclair Hunt for  and you can read the review Here


With Friday being the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic it was an appropriate day to review the brilliantly written The Midnight Watch by David Dyer which looked the role of the SS Californian the ship that stood by as the Titanic was lost along with over 1500 children, men and women. My review Here


Many of you will know that I am a big fan of short stories as well as the full blown novel so on Saturday I reviewed a short story by Tanya Bullock called Homecoming a beautifully written novella that is heart-warming and you can read my review Here


So onto to books arriving this week, only two this week, but two exceptional books. The first an historical novel set around the Great Fire of London in 1666 by the best-selling author Andrew Taylor The Ashes of London and published by Harper Collins.

Ashes of London

And finally arriving on Saturday was Nevernight by Jay Kristoff and published by Harper Voyager but you will have a long wait for this exciting book as it is not released until August of this year. Sorry!


Over the next week look out for reviews for the following books a collection of short stories by Helen Oyeyemi called What is Not Yours is Not yours published by Picador, The French Lesson by Helen Rubenhold published by Doubleday and I am working on an interview with Helen to go with the review and finally the fabulous Lab Girl by Hope Jahren published by Fleet.

What is Not Yours is Not YoursThe French Lesson.jpgLab Girl

That’s it for this week, thanks for reading and happy reading.