The Descent Of The Lyre – Will Buckingham

“And she thought to herself: one day this child will take to the hillsides with the haiduti. It was a thought in which terror and pride were equally weighed.” Blurb: “It is the early nineteenth century, and the Bulgarian village of Gela, the legendary home of Orpheus is suffering under the heavy taxation and arbitrary… Continue reading The Descent Of The Lyre – Will Buckingham

contemporary, review, romance, young adult

Holding Up The Universe – Jennifer Niven

“Too many people in this world think small is the best they can do. Not you, Libby Strout. You weren’t born for small.”   Blurb: “Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she… Continue reading Holding Up The Universe – Jennifer Niven


The Signalman – Charles Dickens

"There is danger overhanging, somewhere on the Line. Some dreadful calamity will happen."   Blurb: "When the narrator of Charles Dickens' masterful ghost story The Signalman climbs down into lonely railway siding on a whim, he finds himself in 'as solitary and dismal a place as ever I saw... it struck chill to me, as… Continue reading The Signalman – Charles Dickens

Non-Fiction, review

The Way We Die Now – Seamus O’Mahony

"The notion of a 'good death' is endlessly debated as something desirable and achievable."   Blurb: "We have lost the ability to deal with death.  Most of our friends and beloved relations will die in a busy hospital in the care of strangers, doctors and nurses they have known at best for a couple of… Continue reading The Way We Die Now – Seamus O’Mahony