Old Baggage by Lissa Evans

It's apposite, to use a Mattie word, that this book has been published one hundred years after some women got the vote. Mattie is a woman of some means, living in Hampstead in 1928.  Her glory days were as a militant suffragette and she's still giving talks on that subject, aided by her friend and … Continue reading Old Baggage by Lissa Evans

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

There's a reason why Karin Slaughter's books are so popular and that's because they're addictive.  Once I started reading (and my kindle said it would take me 6 hours, which is about twice as long as any other book), I barely looked up until the final, twisty pages. Sam and Charlie are teenagers living with their parents … Continue reading The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

Anna-Marie Crowhurst – The Illumination of Ursula Flight

A witty and ebullient account of a young woman in the seventeenth century, The Illumination of Ursula Flight tells the tale of her childhood, early marriage and development in this historical novel. Ursula grows up in a country manor house, her imagination and intelligence encouraged by her father (unusually for the day) and rather frowned … Continue reading Anna-Marie Crowhurst – The Illumination of Ursula Flight

Imogen Hermes Gowar – The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

A fabulously detailed historical novel set in 1700s London. Josiah Hancock has received a little more than he bargained for when the captain of his ship comes back with a mermaid. He is inducted into Georgian pr when he attempts to publicise the curiosity more widely - the coffee shops and salons were the social … Continue reading Imogen Hermes Gowar – The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock