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,…

Serious Book – The Narrow Road …

‘A happy man has no past, while an unhappy man has nothing else.’ (Flanagan, p.3) Read this book a couple of years ago, and been haunted by it ever since! Richard Flanagan‘s novel,  ‘The Narrow Road To The Deep North’ is a story of doomed love; a story which left me feeling as frustrated with the actions,…

Savvy Book – The Vegetarian

Han Kang’s ‘The Vegetarian’, currently available at Waterstones, is an emotive tale detailing the oft-times oppressive nature of marriage. A young woman has her chances of finding herself cut short, when she is targeted for marriage by a man who seeks out (rather than desires) one such as her, i.e. submissive, obedient and – in…

Savvy Book – The Marble Collector

Everyone needs an ally during the dark times. And Fergus, the central character in Cecilia Ahern’s ‘The Marble Collector’, has a whole collection of them. Shut up in a prison on a par with  Roald Dahl’s Chokey cupboard, by a malevolent schoolteacher, the young Fergus escapes reality by turning what might otherwise have been a passing interest, or sideline,…

Savvy Books – Not Yet Wall

Independent Scotland Would England really be better off without Scotland or, post Scottish independence, would a wall need to be built to stop the English from stepping over the border to Scotland? These are the questions that led to the the novel I am currently working on, with the aptly-named title ‘The Wall’. Little did I…

Savvy Book – The Girl With All The Gifts

I picked up ‘The Girl With All The Gifts’, thinking it must a biography of my childhood, amazed that, somewhat belatedly, I had achieved recognition – even if only as a work of fiction! But, alas, the reality turned out to be pretty grim. Far from achieving recognition, in M. R. Carey‘s story, I, along with…

Savvy Book – The Girl in Red

Finished it! A tragically-wonderful walk through the woods with a girl going by the name of Red. Tragic, because in the aftermath of a devastating disease, a young woman travels on alone to her Grandmother’s house, as she bravely finds strategies to cope with thoughts of the various family members she was forced to leave…

Savvy Books – Old and Wise

Not sure that I need to read the latest book by Katherine Rundell! Just came across it on a perusal of Waterstones latest non-fiction list, the title of ‘Why You Should Read Children’s Books , Even Though You Are So Old and Wise’. And no prizes for guessing why it caught my attention! Those of you…

Savvy Book – Tidelines

Jay Cool is happy to announce the forthcoming launch of a book by fellow poet, Simon Banks. Simon is a member of a band of geniuses who constitute the Colchester Scribblers meetup group.   Dear Readers, You are invited to the launch of Tidelines. Poetry; visual art – two different forms brought together in one book, Tidelines. Twenty-three lyrical poems by…