Thursday, 4 July 2019

well written and thought provoking

Praise Song for the Butterflies

I was asked to review by Nudge books. 

I was unsure at first but this authors writing was just amazing she does not waste one word. The author tackled a subject unknown to me -ritual servitude (Ritual servitude is a practice in Ghana, Togo, and Benin where traditional religious shrines take human beings, usually young virgin girls, in payment for services, or in religious atonement for alleged misdeeds of a family member -Wikipedia) although being outlawed in 1998 this dreadful practice still goes on in an area in Ghana. the author fictionalises the area but we know this is Ghana but the point is this is still happening in the 21st centaury! 

This book really moved me and I really felt for the main character Abeo and her father who had a series of bad luck, the western world questions why would a father do this - take his small innocent virgin daughter and put her in this position for his wrong doings? 

The author takes you on a journey quite shocking warts and all but there is no way of dampening down this story. 

I read in one still and found I wanted to keep reading to end - it also makes the reader realise sadly we do not know what is round the corner.

Published by London based Jacaranda books who represent culture and diversity.

Thursday, 27 June 2019

the end of an era perhaps

Happiest Days by Jack Sheffield

Ever since I was asked to read the first teacher book from Tesco book club I have read all in the series.
Although not that long ago the settings of these books is nostalgic who wouldn't have wanted to be a teacher, rural, great people send of belonging, fantastic annual leave - maybe not great pay ( but the leave must have balanced this)

This feels like Jack has tied up loose ends, with Ruby and his faithful PA Vera with her vicar brother will see retire and if so will anyone have the calibre to replace her, what of Jack - is this an end of an eras even though he is now headmaster of two schools?

Thankfully Laura Beth sister is not included - she made the book uncomfortable at times and not sure what the point of including this strange character.

There is laughter and sadness with the village characters who always make you smile

Maybe the next chapter in jack and Beth's lives will be told if he has moved on to pastures new.
A light read which can be read in an afternoon.

Thursday, 23 May 2019


An Unsuitable Woman

I was asked to review this book by Love

Previously published as The Hunters, this is the authors take loosely on actual people who lived in Kenya in the 20s. She tells the story via Theo arriving as a 14 year old with his sister. Their father is a director of the railway. This is set in colonial Africa and lifestyles that are within the history books - white people who felt black people were beneath them and who waited upon the rich and privileged.

life was luxurious for the rich and Theo gets in with the "happy valley set" and an American heiress and lord.

The story is interesting and depicts a time when we thought we owned countries and could do what we want as it was part of the empire. It is interesting and dark at the same time. Some of the characters are unlikable but again this was a different time.

The 30s are then on the horizon and what will happen to Kenya in the future, Theo and Syvie and the threat of world war 2 waiting in the wings.

Thank you to the Borough Press and Love Reading for letting me review this novel.

Very Frank

pposLet Me Be Frank
I was asked to review this book by Nudge books.

My recollections of Frank was in dreadful game shows late 70s and early 80s and all I could remember was the laugh - was this really what this sports personality was all about - so I was pleased to read this book.

Mental health has been given permission by the Royals and other famous people and Frank is extremely Frank about his mental illness which affected his career and loved ones. This is a so personal account of someone who suffers from bipolar disorder.

Frank suffered from retirement of his sport and struggling with the present and the great times he had in the ring. I suppose it is the latter Frank I saw when I was younger in those dreadful shows and thinking what a waste all he seemed to be able to do was be on these shows or be in pantomime.

this is incredibly emotional and it gives a whole new perspective on this man, it is no holds barred and the good thing is despite many sectioning he appears to be on the road to recovery, managing the illness and I wish him well.

this is an insightful book warts and all and I am so glad I now have a very different perspective on Frank.

Thank you to Nudge and the publishers of Mirror books that I was allowed to review this book.

Thursday, 18 April 2019

intriguning good read

The Unmaking of Ellie RookI was asked to review this book by Lovereading and as it was the Easter break I was really keen to sit outside in the sunshine and read this intriguing novel.

Ellie fed up with her life leavers behind her mother, father and brother and goes off to Europe. a phone call brings her back. Various stories emerge regarding her mothers disappearance - has she drowned or what has happened.

Ellie has to confront the past and decide if folklore has something to do with her mother.

This was so intriguing mystery with folklore woven into the story - I could not put this book down I had to keep reading to the end.

Well written and an author with Scottish and Celtic background an interest in folklore

All together a great read, due for publication in July 2019 and in time for the summer holidays.

Friday, 12 April 2019


The Yorkshire Vet: In The Footsteps of Herriot (Official memoir from the star of The Yorkshire Vet TV show)
I was asked to review this book by Nudge books.

Having grown up reading James Herriot books, watching the films, tv series I was interested to read this book. I had not know this was a tv series and to begin with thought this was about a modern day vet- yes it is but that he actually worked with the real life Alf Wight (James Herrot0 and Donald Sinclair (Siegfried Farnon).

This book brought back memories of some great tales of the dales and in some ways has brought back the love of the dales which veterinary practice has moved on since Alf Wright started in practice, but this is a new unexpected addition to the books I loved so much.

So Peter did work experience, worked with Jim Wight (son of Alf and author of Every Living Thing) trained as a vet and returned to the Dales. his path to veterinary college was not easy. The book gives a fascinating account of Peters life. The photographs of what we remember as James Herriot a nostalgic touch.

So recommended for James Herriot fan who thought there was nothing else once the books were read, watched repeats of adaptations and went to Thirsk to the "world of James Herriot" what a great find this book is.

My thanks to Nudge and the publishers - Mirror Books for letting me review this.