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 -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 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…

Chapter 1 – The Half-Girlfriend

Rose Howard: The Half-Girlfriend It wasn’t easy, being rid of her Englishness, but she had to try. Otherwise, all she had striven for, and all that she had lost – all ambition and anguish, and the energy she had expended in getting to this point, to where she stood now, would have been for nothing….

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 – Burn

‘I’m looking for a slow burn mystery that gives you that feeling of, “Something’s not right here.”’ (A quote from the Reddit user, MildlyAngryCat. Look no further, my Angry Cat, I am here! I, Jay Cool! I am your slow-burn mystery, and there’s definitely something not quite right here. I mean, who else would put themselves…