Savvy Book – The Doll House

The Doll House, by Phoebe Morgan. Picked this book up at Lavenham Literary Festival, after attending a session about How To Get Published by the author. It’s not my usual genre – I tend to prefer literary fiction to popular thrillers. But, following on from the read, I have now eliminated the snob from within. Sure, The Doll…

Silly Book – Fairy Tales for Millennials

‘Fairy Tales for Millennials’, by Bruno Vincent. A highly-entertaining read bringing the traditional up to date with the 21st century. The witch who attempts to cook up Gretel has use of an electric blender and a thing about turmeric powder. Cinderella wants to feel in touch with the suffering of the oppressed and, as such,…

Savvy Book – Paris Echo

‘Paris Echo’, by Sebastian Faulks. I’m told that the first sentence is key to writing a bestseller. And, on picking up a copy of Seb’s ‘Paris Echo’, I know this to be true. I read the first sentence: ‘I was taking a pee in the bathroom when I caught sight of myself in the mirror.’ (p.1) Recalling my…

Savvy Book – My Sister, The Serial Killer

*See disclaimer at foot of post. ‘My Sister, The Serial Killer’, by Oyinkan Braithwaite. Why buy a book duty-bound to give one nightmares? Because it has an attractive cover? Can a nightmare even have an attractive cover? Think about it. What could be more appealing, to a cult-follower of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’, than a lime-green…

Savvy Book – Truth To Power

‘‘Truth to Power’, by Jess Phillips. A  savvy little book (signed copies available from Waterstones) with a big, if somewhat difficult to stomach, message. ‘Hate the sin not the sinner.’ (p.47) In other words, don’t waste your energy exacting revenge upon a single person, even if they did you a serious wrong. Look at the…

Silly Book – The Secret Diary of Boris Johnson

Hilarious! After a grim Friday, slogging through the muddy grime of a rainy and sunless day, I picked myself up by a date with the old blunderer, Boris! The date, admittedly, didn’t get off to a promising start – turns out we have zilch in common when it comes to politics. But things started to…

Savvy Book – The Last

Well, I survived! I, Jay Cool, blogger extraordinaire, got to the end of Hanna Jameson’s, dystopian novel,  ‘The Last’ (available at Waterstones) and I’m still here! I’m still here, but I’m pretty certain I won’t be the last to survive to tell the tale. This book is an absolute must-read; I was unable to think about anything…

Savvy Book – The Familiars

Not sure whether I was lured into Stacey Halls’ novel, ‘The Familiars’, by the magic of witchcraft, or by the main character Fleetwood Shuttleworth. Fleetwood, besides being a Christian name, is, of course, the place name of of yet another of the many coastal locations (i.e. greasy and grimy docklands) lucky enough to have been…

Savvy Book – Melmoth

Sarah Perry’s  ‘Melmoth’. Perry’s latest novel centres around the deceased character of Melmoth, a lady who sweeps in and out of the world of the living, swishing around her black garments, and preying upon the vulnerable, repeatedly failing in her attempts to find a companion with whom she can share her eternal purgatory. Beautifully written,…

Savvy Book -The Lost Boy

Not too sure why so many books I’ve picked up recently, have been so full of Hardyesque doom and gloom! What with The Narrow Road … and The Vegetarian, surely the angry Gods up there must think I’ve had my fair share of the no-way-out-of-a-vicious-circle stuff by now? Clearly not! As one whirlpool continues on its descent downwards,…