Book Review: How to Cook a Wolf

My slightly battered copy read on the beaches of East Yorkshire, sometimes while eating haddock and chips. I had never heard of Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher or How to Cook a Wolf until a few weeks ago, though I have a good collection of cookery books – or food books I suppose (so many are… Continue reading Book Review: How to Cook a Wolf

Review: Footnotes: A Journey Round Britain in the Company of Great Writers

Footnotes by Peter Fiennes (Oneworld)In "Footnotes" Peter Fiennes journeys round Britain, from Cornwall to Skye, leaving no gaps in the journey, accompanied by  as diverse a set of writers as can be imagined; Enid Blyton and Gerald of Wales, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Celia Fiennes, Beryl Bainbridge and J.B. Priestly,  Somerville and Ross, Boswell and… Continue reading Review: Footnotes: A Journey Round Britain in the Company of Great Writers

Take Joy! The Tasha Tudor Christmas Book

Take Joy by Tasha Tudor  (The World Publishing Company, 1966) I have no idea how this wonderful book came to be in the possession of a small girl (me)  in Leeds in the late 1970s. I think it came from my Grandparent's house when my Granddad moved into sheltered housing, but how they came to… Continue reading Take Joy! The Tasha Tudor Christmas Book

Review: Once Upon a River

Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield (Transworld, Penguin Random House) On a cold winter night by the Thames an injured man carries a drowned child into an Inn. The Inn, The Swan, is renowned for its storytelling landlord and its warm welcome. The Ockwell family have run it for years, there are regulars who have… Continue reading Review: Once Upon a River

A Pleasing Terror…

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...Scary Reads for Winter Nights. I do enjoy a fright! I love ghost stories (but not horror, I am not keen on blood and gore). What I delight in is an encroaching sense of  unease and doom. Whatever you may like to call it M.R. James called it 'a pleasing terror', and who am I… Continue reading A Pleasing Terror…

Review – Help The Witch

Help The Witch by Tom Cox (Unbound) Help the Witch is a collection of spooky stories from Tom Cox, he's yearned to write fiction for years he says but is glad he waited (nine non-fiction books precede this, I reviewed 21st Century Yokel, the most recent, here) . Whatever effect the waiting has had on… Continue reading Review – Help The Witch

Review: The Corset

The Corset by  Laura Purcell (Raven Books, Bloomsbury) Everyone else appears to be more organised than I am and has had their reviews out already, but better late than never! The Corset recounts the stories of two women, Dorothea Truelove and Ruth Butterham. The story is set in Oakgate, a town large enough for a new… Continue reading Review: The Corset

Review: The House of Silk

The House of Silk  by Anthony Horowitz (Orion) A new(ish) Sherlock Holmes novel? I thought, as I browsed the library shelves... that must be worth investigating (sorry). I have to admit I've never read anything else by Anthony Horowitz.  I'm mostly familar with his work for television - particularly  Foyles War, the WW2 (and later… Continue reading Review: The House of Silk

Review: 21st Century Yokel

21st Century Yokel, by Tom Cox (Unbound) Do you ever buy a lovely thing to eat - e.g. a lump of delicious cheese - that you then can't bring yourself to eat because if you do it will be GONE? I do. Of course I don't want to sit and watch things grow mould, but… Continue reading Review: 21st Century Yokel

Review: Barkskins

Barkskins by Annie Proulx (4th Estate) One of my favourite books of all time is The Shipping News, I have read this over and over, it never fails to pop something new out at me. So I tend to leap on an Annie Proulx when I see one, though I admit the sheer physical size… Continue reading Review: Barkskins