‘The Town in Bloom’ by Dodie Smith

The Town in Bloom opens with a chase scene: when Molly, Lilian, and the ironically named Mouse spot their old but estranged friend Zelle, Mouse is determined to track her down. She races round London in her pursuit, eventually finding her in a ‘rather shabby’ tenement flat. The encounter prompts Mouse to reflect on the… Continue reading ‘The Town in Bloom’ by Dodie Smith

‘The Midwich Cuckoos’ by John Wyndham

Nothing ever happens in Midwich. The sleepy country village is the epitome of English ordinariness, so when residents Richard and Janet Gayford are prevented by police from returning after a weekend away, they are understandably eager to discover the cause of these highly unusual circumstances. It transpires that, Sleeping Beauty-like, the whole town has fallen… Continue reading ‘The Midwich Cuckoos’ by John Wyndham

‘The Birds and Other Stories’ by Daphne du Maurier

This week, I am thrilled to be featured in 2 Elizabeths, a new and exciting online literary magazine. You can read the review of Daphne du Maurier's The Birds and Other Stories which I wrote for them here.

‘The Driver’s Seat’ by Muriel Spark

I had the misfortune of reading this book already knowing its ending. I came across a discussion of it a few years ago while I was researching my PhD, and it sounded so strange and discomfiting that it has always lingered in the back of my mind. I’m really pleased that I’ve finally had the… Continue reading ‘The Driver’s Seat’ by Muriel Spark

‘Wildfire at Midnight’ by Mary Stewart

When fashion model Gianetta Drury visits the Isle of Skye for a relaxing holiday, she does not expect to discover her ex-husband, Nicholas, staying at her hotel. Even less does she expect to find herself thrust into the middle of a murder investigation, but that is exactly what happens; she arrives to discover that a… Continue reading ‘Wildfire at Midnight’ by Mary Stewart

‘The Daughter of Time’ by Josephine Tey

Inspector Alan Grant, recurring star of Josephine Tey’s classic detective novels, has broken his leg. Confined to a hospital bed, with nothing to amuse him but the books brought to him by his friends, his attention is caught by a reproduction of a painting from the National Portrait Gallery. The painting is of Richard III,… Continue reading ‘The Daughter of Time’ by Josephine Tey

‘Carrie’ by Stephen King

16-year-old Carrie White is not like other girls. Her homemade, old-fashioned clothes are odd and unflattering, her acne-ridden face is dissociated and dismal, and no wonder: at school, she is the butt of every joke, and at home, she must contend with her abusive, tyrannical, religiously fanatical ‘Momma’. But when Carrie gets her first period,… Continue reading ‘Carrie’ by Stephen King