‘The Essex Serpent’ by Sarah Perry.

I truly felt lost within the mists of time. Last month, I wrote a less than positive book review on Sarah’s Perry debut novel ‘After Me Comes The Flood’. Though, it was the upcoming author’s second novel ‘The Essex Serpent’, which I was actually introduced to first. Based on some stellar reviews, being shortlisted for…

back on the books.

Hello, one and all. It’s been a good few months since I last wrote a book review blog post. One major thing I’ve learnt from starting a blog last year is just how time-consuming it can be! I found that in the early weeks of starting my book blog, my attention became largely focussed on…

chicken and mushroom pie.

Since it’s a glorious bank holiday weekend, I felt very much in the mood for some home baking. The result: A sumptuous, rich and creamy, aromatic lunch (or dinner if you’re cutting into big quarter slices!) I’m quite literally a disaster magnet in the kitchen, so if I can successfully bake this pie – anyone…

activities in Spring.

I decided to hitch a long drive to Chingford plain in Epping Forest … Hello everyone and happy Monday! I hope everyone has been enjoying the fine weather, not to mention the Royal Wedding (which admittedly I slept through, being on a weekend.) Aside from reading books, I’ve been up to a few things this month……

a blog reflection

Hello to my intimate group of followers! It seems I have been running this blog for little over a month and things are settling in quite well. There are currently nine of you who are actively following my blog; I’m so pleased you could join me! And I didn’t expect to achieve quite so much…

‘After Me Comes the Flood’ by Sarah Perry – I didn’t like it.

{Saturday 21st April}: If like me you live in Britain, you’ll be well aware of the recent heatwave we’re experiencing, with temperatures as high as 29.C degrees – the highest in April for 70 years! I woke up this afternoon (cheers, insomnia) from the depths of an amazingly vivid patchwork dream, which I’m still experiencing…

‘Just One Damned Thing After Another’ by Jodi Taylor.

If a combination of light science-fiction with history sounds appealing, and you haven’t read Jodi Taylor’s ‘Just One Damned Thing After Another’ – then WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN?! This was certainly the question I asked myself when I finally got round to reading this 280-page novel, and right now I’ve no more than…

Rainbow Loaded Piñata Sprinkle Drip Cake.

I have always been pretty terrible at baking; the oven is my greatest foe. No matter how many adjustments I’ve made to the cooking time, temperature and the height of the shelf, every cake comes out like a slab of concrete. That was until I tried ready-mix. I know, call me Delia Smith – but I have…

‘The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack’ by Mark Hodder.

One place you’re most likely to find me is: nowhere. I don’t get out much; I mainly escape through the pages of the latest book I’m reading. After many school years over-analysing lines of text, I had forgotten how to simply read a book. It wasn’t until Christmas that a tall stack of gifted novels…