Thin Air by Michelle Paver

Another book club read, it's short but compelling.   Deep in the Himalayas, lies Kangchenjunga, or Five Peaks.  It’s one of the deadliest mountains in the world, and Stephen Pearce is at renowned mountaineer Charles Tennant’s house in 1935 on the eve of setting out on an expedition to scale its south peak. Stumbling by accident … Continue reading Thin Air by Michelle Paver

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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

Miranda Emmerson – Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars

Welcome to 1965 - to a London which is recognisably modern, but linked to a past which has now, largely, been forgotten.  This is a world where young women can live unchaperoned in bedsits and flats, and to where immigrants are flocking for a better life, but also a world (within living memory) where the … Continue reading Miranda Emmerson – Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars