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  • Review: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is only the second novel I’ve ever re-read, the first being Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and it’s still as much fun as it was when I read it twenty-odd years ago! View all my reviews

  • Review: The Last Song

    The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks My rating: 3 of 5 stars By the mid way point, I felt like I needed a sick bag, by the end of the book, I needed a stomach pump! But… to its credit, the book is well written and an entertaining, if predictable, read. It was my first […]

  • Review: Snowdrops

    Snowdrops by A.D. Miller My rating: 4 of 5 stars Ah, another one finished, my Man Booker 2011 pile is getting lower! This one, without a doubt, is my favourite yet. The writing is succinct and full of great descriptions: “With a boy-band fringe, a ten-thousand dollar suit, and a murderer’s smile. He was equal […]

  • Review: The Sisters Brothers

    The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt My rating: 4 of 5 stars I finished this book at the weekend, having only pulled it off of my Man Booker pile during the middle of the previous week. This says a lot; normally books take me weeks to complete, but this one got me hooked and kept […]

  • Twisted Tales

    It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, so I’m pleased to say I’ve got something new for you all. The novel was taking up a large part of my spare time so I decided to take a little break and return to writing a few short stories. ‘Twisted Tales’ presents eight unique stories united […]

  • Review: The Moonstone

    The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins My rating: 3 of 5 stars The Moonstone is a who-dunnit, told through various people’s diaries and reminisces. I loved the start of the book. Betteridge’s descriptions were excellent, especially when he briefly talked about his wife, but once his voice was reduced, the story started to plod and I […]

  • Review: The Sense of an Ending

    The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes My rating: 4 of 5 stars I was poorly today so picked a novel off the shelf and curled up on the sofa with a Lemsip. Julian Barnes’s “The Sense of an Ending” probably wasn’t the lightest choice I could have made, but the writing, particularly in […]

  • Review: Plot & Structure: Techniques and exercises for crafting a plot that grips readers from start to finish

    Plot & Structure: Techniques and exercises for crafting a plot that grips readers from start to finish by James Scott Bell My rating: 5 of 5 stars I did love this book. I read it from cover to cover within a week of buying it, and am fairly certain I’ll be returning to it again […]

  • Review: Hostile Witness

    Hostile Witness by Rebecca Forster My rating: 4 of 5 stars I tried really hard not to like this book. I happened to stumble over it whilst searching for something else, noticed it was free and without expecting too much, decided to give it a pop. The first few chapters introduced cliches typical of the […]