Featured books

This page is dedicated to a curated collection of feature books, including my most recent books of the month, a couple of all time favourites, and spotlight-on selection. Simply scroll down to view these features, or click on the bold text to jump straight to them.

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book of the month – July



FIELDS OF GRACE by Wendy Waters


I have SO much to say about this book.  It’s a stunner; it seeks out every emotion in your soul and awakens each of them in turn, sometimes gently, sometimes with calculated cruelty, but always with such precision that you’ll be talking about it for a long time afterwards. I’m not alone in my adoration of this book … it’s just been snapped up by an American screenwriter, and we all know we love to read the book before we watch it’s transformation to the big screen.


book of the month – June



TANGERINE by Christine Mangan


Tangerine is a stylish, Hitchcock-esque suspense thriller that epitomises atmospheric story telling.  Its simmering tensions and chilling undercurrents are magnified by the intoxicating heat of 1950s Tangier, with the exotic seductions of the city lending a vivid, claustrophobic backdrop to the delicately nuanced characters. It’s a classy, sophisticated book that will appeal to those who read (and loved) Little Fires Everywhere.


book of the month – April/May



IN THE CRYPT WITH A CANDLESTICK by Daisy Waugh


In the Crypt with a Candlestick is a thoroughly enjoyable country house caper, with a marvellously dysfunctional family at its core, and household staff to make Downton Abbey’s toes curl.  It was a short, easy read, full of likeable characters, laugh-out-loud twists, and arguably one of the best-dressed ghosts I’ve ever come across.


my all-time favourite



THE LITTLE PARIS BOOK SHOP by Nina George


The Little Paris Bookshop is one of my favourite books – it’s charming, heart-warming, and deliciously escapist. Broken-hearted Jean Perdu owns a bookshop on a barge, moored on the Seine, from which he prescribes books to treat conditions that doctors just can’t. The unexpected arrival of a new neighbour prompts Jean to set sail down the rivers and canals of France to Provence in search of answers – and as his nautical miles increase, so too does his lust for life. This book is packed with tempting food, atmospheric locations, and blossoming new friendships..


favourite sequel



THE STRAWBERRY THIEF by Joanne Harris


It’s been seven years since Vianne Rocher was last in my life – and what a long seven years they were. Within half an hour (yes, that long!) of copies of The Strawberry Thief appearing on the shelves in my local bookshop, I’d bought my copy and was alternately stroking the cover and inhaling that delicious new bookness at my desk.  That was quite possibly the longest day at work. Needless to say, I started reading as soon as I got home and I positively devoured the first half of the book – it was like catching up with my most beloved old friends; Vianne and her girls, Reynaud, Joséphine, Roux (*swoons slightly*). But as I passed the halfway point I had to force myself to slow down … this was a book I was in no hurry to finish. The enchanting and addictive atmosphere is as delicious now as it was in Chocolat.  


spotlight on:

recently read books set in WWII


After The Party by Cressida Connolly
One of those books that never quite leaves you. I spent a considerable amount of time reading After The Party in a state of impotent fury;  I just wanted to step inside the pages and shake some sense into the main character! Its power to elicit such, a visceral reaction, makes this a tremendous book! Read more.
The Parisians by Marius Gabriel
The Parisians follows the lives of three women as their beloved city teeters on the brink of Nazi occupation, and the remarkably different lives they lead during this dark period. Set against the glamorous backdrop of The Ritz hotel, this is a beautifully written story is a compelling page-turner. Read more.
Fields of Grace by Wendy Waters
A stunning love story that’ll sweep you off your feet, carrying you from the flirtatious bright lights of 1930s London, to the grand romance of Paris, before mercilessly setting you down in the hostile streets of Hitler’s Berlin. Read more.
The Dust That Falls From Dreams by Louis de Bernieres
The chapters told from the front line draw you in until you feel every hardship, hear every explosion and cry, battle the exhaustion, and smell the death.  They are true de Bernieres at his engaging best. Read more.
The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook
This book is set in an oft overlooked period of the war years and received glowing reviews. Personally, I felt it under-delivered in terms of characterisation, but it taught me lot about the Hamburg firestorm. Read more.

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