Q&A July 2018: What you readin’? Part 1

As I am almost done reading two novels right now, which will be reviewed on here in the next couple of weeks, and there’s too many thunderbugs outside for me to actually do nothing this afternoon – let’s have a little blog q&a! I haven’t done one of these questions lists for a good few years… Continue reading Q&A July 2018: What you readin’? Part 1

Recent Reads: DIS MEM BER by Joyce Carol Oates

DIS MEM BER and Other Stories of Mystery and Suspense by Joyce Carol Oates Head of Zeus, 2018, 238 pgs. A widow who fantasises of being as free and merciless as the heron that lives by her home. A young girl’s distant relative showers her with affection and presents her with unspeakable horrors. An unsolved mysterious… Continue reading Recent Reads: DIS MEM BER by Joyce Carol Oates

True Crime: Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane by Paul Thomas Murphy

Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane: A Victorian Murder Mystery Solved by Paul Thomas Murphy (Head of Zeus, 2016, 270 pgs.) Greenwich, 1871. Before the Ripper caught the public’s horror and the media’s imagination, there was the awful murder of sixteen-year-old Jane Clouson. Discovered brutally disfigured in a quiet country lane, Jane’s murder led… Continue reading True Crime: Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane by Paul Thomas Murphy

Nonfiction: The Loves of the Artists by Jonathan Jones

The Loves of the Artists: Art and Passion in the Renaissance by Jonathan Jones Simon and Schuster UK, 2013-14, 380 pgs. Examining the many lives and loves behind the Renaissance’s most dazzling and sensual artworks and sculptures, The Loves of the Artists reveals the secret – and sometimes not-so-secret – symbols of sex within some of the… Continue reading Nonfiction: The Loves of the Artists by Jonathan Jones

Hardback Heaven: Consult the Oracle by Gabriel Nostradamus

Consult the Oracle by Gabriel Nostradamus (et al) (Old House books, 2013, 168 pgs.) “The colour of the moustache: This indicates character. According to an Italian writer, a black moustache shows a manly boldness; brown, a hot head and good temper; red, wiliness; blonde, a noble soul; white, a lack of vital heat; bristly, fury; thick,… Continue reading Hardback Heaven: Consult the Oracle by Gabriel Nostradamus

Recent Reads: When the Floods Came by Clare Morrall

When the Floods Came by Clare Morrall (Sceptre/Hodder & Staughton, 2015, 345 pgs.) Roza Polanski lives with her Moth and Popi, and siblings, Boris, Delphine, and Lucia, inside a long-abandoned high rise in Birmingham. After a virus wiped out much of Britain’s population when she was an infant, Roza has really only known a rather… Continue reading Recent Reads: When the Floods Came by Clare Morrall

Nonfiction: Witches: James I and the English Witch-Hunts by Tracy Borman

Witches: James I and the English Witch-Hunts by Tracy Borman (Vintage, 2014, 302 pgs.) Belvoir Castle, September 1613: the Earl of Rutland’s young son falls unwell. After a peculiar and painful death, other family members of the estate begin to be afflicted too, including the only heir, the eldest son of the Earl. Whispers soon abound… Continue reading Nonfiction: Witches: James I and the English Witch-Hunts by Tracy Borman