Category: friends

My Top 8 Books of 2022 – part one

Here are my favourite eight books of the first quarter of 2022. So far I’ve read some good books.  Tapestry by Beth Duke “We’re all part of a tapestry bigger than any of us can imagine, weaving in and out and creating a glorious picture. All of us from the beginning of time.” What a lovely thought. My brother had his DNA done and assuming … Read More My Top 8 Books of 2022 – part one

Dead Medieval Princess by Cat on a Piano Productions / Theatrephonic

Dead Medieval Princess – “she died 700 years ago!” Kate wants her essay to show how personal and political lives merged in Medieval Portugal. But she can’t find any information about a dead princess or that anyone tried to pursue justice. She was murdered by her husband who faced no repercussions. We move to today – at crimes motivated by misogyny. How can we … Read More Dead Medieval Princess by Cat on a Piano Productions / Theatrephonic

The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett

Forty years ago, Steven Smith found a copy of a famous children’s book, its margins full of strange markings and annotations. He took it to his remedial English teacher, Miss Isles, who became convinced it was the key to solving a puzzle. That a message in secret code ran through all Edith Twyford’s novels. Then Miss Isles disappeared on a class field trip, and … Read More The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett

Wahala by Nikki May

Ronke, Simi, Boo are three mixed-race friends living in London. They have the gift of two cultures, Nigerian and English, though not all of them choose to see it that way. Everyday racism has never held them back, but now in their thirties, they question their future. Ronke wants a husband (he must be Nigerian); Boo enjoys (correction: endures) stay-at-home motherhood; while Simi, full … Read More Wahala by Nikki May

My Top 8 Books of 2021 – part four

Here are my favourite eight books of the fourth quarter of 2021. So far this has been a good year for books if for nothing else, so it was a really difficult decision. Please note that there may be books amongst the list that are not published until 2022, but these are books I have read this year and may be ARCs. The Flight of … Read More My Top 8 Books of 2021 – part four

Christmas at No 5 by Cat on a Piano Productions / Theatrephonic

Merry Christmas!It’s the season of giving with ‘Christmas at No. 5’Friends are the family you choose. Four people (and one child) living in a block of flats in separate apartments. They speak to each other occasionally, even know each other’s names, but they never socialise, never even borrow the sugar or drop in for a cup of tea. Well it’s hard to admit you … Read More Christmas at No 5 by Cat on a Piano Productions / Theatrephonic

Freckles by Cecelia Ahern

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with… When a stranger utters these words to Allegra Bird, nicknamed Freckles, it turns her highly ordered life upside down. In her current life as a parking warden, she has left her eccentric father and unconventional childhood behind for a bold new life in the city. #Freckles @Cecelia_Ahern @fictionpubteam @annecater @RandomTTours #RandomThingsTours But … Read More Freckles by Cecelia Ahern

Buried by Elle Croft

You’re trapped underground with a serial killer. Would you save their life to protect your own? The ArtistNo one knows who The Sculptor is. A successful artist, who’s works sell for millions – each one with a deadly secret at the centre of each piece. The KillerThere’s a serial killer on the loose – dismembering women’s bodies and leaving them washed up along the … Read More Buried by Elle Croft

Love Under Lockdown by Michael Estorick

It is Midsummer’s Day 2016, the day of the Brexit referendum, when Bill, much given to all-consuming enthusiasms, finds ominous patterns on his cellar floor. Up and down the land, the result is viewed as either triumph or catastrophe, dividing close families and shattering long relationships. Not so the two old sparring partners, Bill and Pete, whose friendship ‘a bouillabaisse of habit, shared experience, … Read More Love Under Lockdown by Michael Estorick

Pivotal by Nikki Vallance

When you pass through a door does your life change or do you have power over who you become by the choices you make? Dulcie Braybrooke is breaking through as a celebrated ceramicist.Elizabeth is a lonely City head-hunter.Annie is a teacher who’s lost her verve.Liza is a lap dancer with a strong will and a tough life. When a mysterious bequest throws each of … Read More Pivotal by Nikki Vallance

All Her Fault by Andrea Mara

One missing boy. Marissa Irvine arrives at 14 Tudor Grove, expecting to pick up her young son Milo from his first playdate with a boy at his new school. But the woman who answers the door isn’t a mother she recognises. She isn’t the nanny. She doesn’t have Milo. And so begins every parent’s worst nightmare. Four guilty women. As news of the disappearance … Read More All Her Fault by Andrea Mara

Emmet and Me by by Sara Gethin

Summer 1966: When her father comes home with lipstick on his collar, ten-year-old Claire’s life is turned upside down. Her furious mother leaves the family and heads to London, and Claire and her brothers are packed off to Ireland, to their reclusive grandmother at her tiny cottage on the beautifully bleak coast of Connemara. #EmmetAndMe @SGethinWriter @honno @annecater @RandomTTours A misfit among her new … Read More Emmet and Me by by Sara Gethin