Book Review: Dickens and Travel: The Start of Modern Travel Writing by Lucinda Hawksley

My thanks to Pen & Sword for a review copy of this book via NetGalley. Perhaps the most famous of Victorian writers, Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812–1870) was known for not only for the novels he wrote but also for the many wonderful, whimsical, inimitable and memorable characters he created, the love for Christmas he…

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Six Degrees of Separation: From Trust to Middlemarch (February 2023)

Six Degrees of Separation is a monthly meme hosted by Kate at Books are My Favourite and Best. Inspired by the concept of 'six degrees of separation', originally set out in a short story by Frigyes Karinthy, which suggests that any two people in the world are connected through a chain of six or fewer…

Shelf Control #213: The Devil’s Alternative by Frederick Forsyth

Wednesday, the 1st of February, and time for Shelf Control once again! Shelf Control is a weekly feature created by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. Since early January 2023, Shelf Control has moved base here to Literary Potpourri. To participate, all you do is…

Book Review: Hedy Lamarr by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara and illustrated by Maggie Cole

My thanks to Francis Lincoln Books for a review copy of this book via Edelweiss! Hedy Lamarr is another entry in the Little People, Big Dreams series, and one I was keen to read for two reasons; one because I have been seeing reviews of different books in the series and find them a great…

Book Review: Jirvania by Jan Anderegg

My thanks to the author for a review copy of the book via Booktasters. Jirvania is the second in a fantasy children’s series the Julu series, and a story which is set around the idea of protecting stories and more importantly our imaginations, for where would the world be without them? An ordinary 11-year-old boy…

Book Review: The Black Cat Change Up: Ball Park Mysteries no 19 by David A. Kelly

My thanks to BooksGoSocial for a review copy of this book via NetGalley. The Black Cat Change Up is a cute, quick and very enjoyable little children’s mystery set around baseball (though one doesn’t need to know much about the game to enjoy the book) and in this case themes of superstition and cats (the…

Shelf Control #212: An Academic Question by Barbara Pym

Wednesday, the 25th of January, and time for Shelf Control once again! Shelf Control is a weekly feature created by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. Since early January 2023, Shelf Control has moved base here to Literary Potpourri. To participate, all you do is…

Book Review: Grey Bees by Andrey Kurkov, and translated by Boris Dralyuk

My thanks to Deep Vellum Publishing for a review copy of this book via Edelweiss. Grey Bees by Ukrainian author Andrey Kurkov, originally published in 2018 and in this translation by Boris Dralyuk in 2022, is a quiet and subtle look at the Ukrainian conflict (before the current invasion), through the eyes of the gentle…

Book Review: The Battle Cry of the Siamese Kitten (2022) by Philipp Schott

My thanks to ECW Press for a review copy of this book via NetGalley.         The Battle Cry of the Siamese Kitten (2022) is the third volume of memoirs/anecdotes by German-born, Canadian veterinary doctor and writer, Dr Philipp Schott (I have previously read and reviewed the second volume, How to Examine a Wolverine, as well…