Book Review: An Episode of Sparrows by Rumer Godden #RumerGoddenReadingWeek2021

An Episode of Sparrows (1955) is a story of friendship and love, of family and belonging, of dreams and dreamers, understanding and misunderstanding, and one that is essentially uplifting and warm, and brought a smile to my face (even if there were some heart-wrenching moments). Set in post-war London, where the impacts of the war…

Book Review: The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens

First published in serial form between April 1840 and February 1841 in Dickens’ weekly periodical, Master Humphrey’s Clock, The Old Curiosity Shop was Dickens’ fourth novel, and was among his most successful ones during his lifetime; in fact so much so that New York readers are said to have stormed the wharf when the last…

Book Review: Thunderpaws and the Tower of London by Ben Housden

My thanks to High Gate Press/Victory Editing and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Thunderpaws and the Tower of London is an action-packed, imaginative and entertaining fantasy–adventure which takes us into some interesting realms—the past and the future! And what is most fun is that it is narrated in first person by our…

Shelf Control #162: The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Wednesday, the 1st of December, and time for Shelf Control once again! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it--what…

Book Review: The Mystery of a Handsom Cab by Fergus Hume #AusReadingMonth2021

Published in 1886 (a year before Sherlock Holmes’ first appearance), The Mystery of a Handsom Cab by Fergus Hume is a murder mystery set in Melbourne of the time. While Hume was English, his family had relocated to New Zealand when he was 3, and he himself moved to Melbourne after he graduated, and worked…

Book Review: Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlmann #GermanLitMonth

The delightful, clever and entertaining Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlmann (translated by Carol Brown Janeway) tells us the stories of two eccentric geniuses—the explorer, geographer and polymath Alexander von Humboldt and mathematician and physicist, Carl Friedrich Gauss. Our story begins in September 1828 when the German Scientific Congress is being held in Berlin, and…

Book Review: The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Potzsch #germanlitmonth

The Hangman’s Daughter is the first in a series of historical mysteries set in seventeenth-century Bavaria, and combines a historical background and characters with a fictional plotline to give us an interesting but intense read. The book takes us to the town of Schongau, where Jakob Kuisl is the hangman/executioner, having taken over the job…

Shelf Control #161: The Familiars by Stacey Halls

Wednesday, the 24th of November, and time for Shelf Control once again! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it--what…

Book Review: An Unusual Grief by Yewande Omotoso

My thanks to Cassava Republic Press and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. An Unusual Grief is a story of grief but it is also the story of a woman’s journey to understand herself, and her relationships—one might even say her life so far. Mojisola Owolabi has travelled to Johannesburg to pack up…