March is women’s history month and will be the theme for the rest of my book reviews for this month; a great excuse to get through some fascinating biographies!
The world’s favourite moustachioed detective is back for a new mystery by Sophie Hannah. I got this book at Christmas time so was well overdue for reading it. (The review will be spoiler free).
Returning home after lunch, Hercule Poirot finds an angry woman waiting outside his front door. She demands to know why Poirot has sent her a letter accusing her of the murder of Barnabas Pandy, a man she has neither heard of nor ever met.
Another week, another musical to rave about! This time it’s a completely new discovery: The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Michael Webborn and Daniel Finn.
I came across this totally by accident – I’m a big fan of Fra Fee and so a Youtube video from What’sOnStage popped up in my recommendations; a video of him recording a song called The Turning of the Key. Naturally, I pressed play and found that it was part of a studio cast album for an upcoming release called The Clockmaker’s Daughter. Continue reading “New Musical: Why I Am Now Obsessed with The Clockmaker’s Daughter”
If you’ve visited the blog before, you may be aware that I have a slight *cough*obsessive*cough* fondness for Les Miserables. It’s one of my favourite books, my all-time favourite musical and I am frankly way too emotionally invested in the lives of fictional French revolutionaries.
After some heavy-going historical reading throughout January, I wanted to start the month with something a little more light-hearted in February.
I love Star Trek – for me, best sci-fi series there’s ever been – particularly the Original Series and Next Generation. Dr Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy, CMO of the USS Enterprise is my absolute favourite character; he’s sassy, sarcastic, grumpy, competent, loyal as hell and a perfect foil to Kirk and Spock. So when I was hunting for McCoy or Scotty (another favourite) centric novels, Doctor’s Orders immediately stood out.
After enjoying Post Captain so much, I couldn’t really wait to get stuck into HMS Surprise, the third in Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin series. It proved to be another excellent piece of Napoleonic naval fiction; rich in action and personal drama alike.
If Titans came in book form, Les Miserables would be the largest and strongest of them all. First published in 1862, it’s 1200 pages long – one of the longest novels ever written in fact – and it’s one of those works that transcends genre. It is, quite frankly, a literary masterpiece and it’s tied in first place with Persuasion as my all-time favourite novel.
There are few partnerships in English literature that can hold a candle to Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin and few regency-based authors who write with the meticulous assurance and perfect tone of Patrick O’Brien. It’s a recipe for perfect historical fiction.
When this was named as the choice for our January book club meeting, I had never heard of it. However, when I looked it up online and saw that it was historical fiction with a basis in genuine historical events, and also had scores of 5-Star reviews, I had high hopes for it. Continue reading “Book Review: The Sealwoman’s Gift by Sally Magnusson”
Happy New Year, everyone! After a couple of slightly lax months, it’s back to the book reviews.
My first read of 2019 was the fifth of Naomi Novik’s wonderful Temeraire series. Set during the Napoleonic Wars, they feature an alternate history in which sentient dragons are teamed up with human captains to form the Aerial Corps, a branch of the armed services which exists alongside the army and navy.