June Picks

Halson, Penrose (2016) Marriages are made in Bond Street: True stories from a 1940s Marriage Bureau. Macmillan. Before Tinder, and sex-before-marriage, there was marriage and match-making. Mary Oliver and Heather Jenner set up the Marriage Bureau in the late 1930s on London's Bond Street and clients from all walks of life soon started queuing.  They devised their own esoteric formula… Continue reading June Picks

May Picks

Graham, Lauren (2016) Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between). Ballantine Books. As an intrepid fan of the Gilmore Girls I waited with great anticipation for the Netflix 2016 reboot Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (even got a Netflix subscription so I could view!). Lauren's (Lorelei) mémoire on growing up, her… Continue reading May Picks

April Picks

Hamilton, Alwyn (2017) Traitor to the Throne. Faber & Faber. In the second instalment of Hamilton's Rebel of the Sands saga Demdji-girl Amani is kidnapped and held prisoner in the Sultan's Palace.  Here she is forced to return to her desert cunning in her attempt to bring the tyrant down. As the quest to liberate Miraji continues the complex… Continue reading April Picks

March Picks

Aveyard, Victoria (2017) King's Cage. Harper. In the third instalment of Aveyard's Red Queen series we find our heroine Mare Barrow a prisoner, without her lightening, living at the mercy of a king she once loved. As Mare bears the weight of the Silent Stone the rebellion continues, blood vs blood, ability vs ability, allegiances tested on every… Continue reading March Picks

January Picks

Cranston, Bryan (2016) A life in parts. Scribner. In this engaging memoir Bryan Cranston explores the many parts he has played in his life - from abandoned son, paperboy, farmhand, dockhand, jobbing actor to gifted storyteller and much lauded "star". He has applied life's learnings to shaping his craft and building a career. In the account of his most memorable role,… Continue reading January Picks

December Picks

Ferrante, Elena (2015) The Story of the Lost Child. Europa Editions. In Ferrante's final Neapolitan novel the protagonists are now mature women, once again domiciled on the mean streets of Naples. Elena is now a respected writer, and Lila an unstoppable entrepreneur. As they challenge and become more deeply bound to the ruthless anger and brutality of their neighbourhood they face serious consequences, for themselves and the ones they… Continue reading December Picks