Savvy Book – The Ginger Survival Guide

Please note that this post contains commission-based links to Waterstones. ‘The Ginger Survival Guide’ by Tim Collins. A must have for any redheads bookshelf (and for anyone else’s). Very informative and fully responsible for the confirmation of my long-held belief that, being a ginger myself, I have a beyond-this-ginger-life future carved out for me in…

So Not Savvy Poem – Stuck

Stuck, tucked in, and cornered, by tree, Prosecco and book. Stuck, booked-in, and staying.   Copyright owned by Jay Cool, 26th December 2019   Silly Style – Christmas with Kate & Stacey Silly Boris Romps to Power Silly Writing Tip – How to be an Anomalous Vitruvian …  

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…

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 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…