‘This Must Be the Place’ by Maggie O’Farrell

I have long championed Maggie O'Farrell. I truly believe she is one of our most brilliant yet least celebrated living authors; I find it incomprehensible, for example, that she has never been long-listed (let alone shortlisted) for the Booker Prize. I am certain that, like many female authors, O’Farrell suffers as a result of misogyny. Her… Continue reading ‘This Must Be the Place’ by Maggie O’Farrell

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‘My Cousin Rachel’ by Daphne du Maurier

‘For further development of the Rebecca type, this time narrated by a man’ writes Daphne du Maurier in reply to one of her many fan letters, ‘try and get a copy of My Cousin Rachel […] I got a lot out of my system when I wrote this, but what exactly I don’t know!’. Du… Continue reading ‘My Cousin Rachel’ by Daphne du Maurier

‘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

‘Girl Meets Boy’ by Ali Smith

‘Let me tell you about when I was a girl, my grandfather says’. Girls meets Boy had me hooked from the first line. An imaginative re-version of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, it follows two sisters as they grapple with life, love, and finding a place to exist in the modern world. This book is joyful, funny, poetic,… Continue reading ‘Girl Meets Boy’ by Ali Smith

‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte

Mr Lockwood has rented a house on the Yorkshire moors. When he pays a visit to his landlord – a Mr Heathcliff – he is bemused by the man’s unusual household, comprised of his beautiful but beleaguered daughter-in-law, her rough and seemingly illiterate cousin, and an elderly and religiously fanatical servant. When Lockwood is forced… Continue reading ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte

‘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.

‘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