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 – 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 – 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,…

A Something Poem – Find Me

Within these walls, find me, papered over with books. The walls of my life paper over me, lifting up my lining, and my lines, with pulp of mashed-up fiction, mostly read. And truths, mostly unread. More of all of it unread than read. Probably. Copyright owned by Jay Cool, 14th October, 2019 Image by Free-Photos…