Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

This is just a superb book in the best family drama tradition and I could hardly put it down.  Telling of the experiences of two families living next door to one another from the 1970s onwards, the story focuses most closely on Pete and Kate, best friends until tragedy pulls them apart. The novel manages … Continue reading Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier has turned her hand to more recent history in this novel, which is set in the 1930s.  She’s written a story of social and domestic history as colourful and rich in detail as one of the kneelers her heroine sets out to create. Violet Speedwell is a spinster of a certain age living … Continue reading A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier