This is a list of the Book Reviews I have written, designed to make it easier for you to find those titles you are interested in reading about.
I have organised them in alphabetical order by Authors surname.
Chocolate Shoes and Wedding Blues, by Trisha Ashley
Fiction: A Feel-Good read about family, good food and shoes set in Lancashire
The Christmas Invitation, by Trisha Ashley
Christmas Fiction: A feel-good festive read about an artist invited to spend Christmas deep in the country with her eccentric patron
The Magicians Guild, by Trudi Canavan
Fantasy: A young woman discovers that she has magic whilst protesting against the actions of the Magicians Guild. She must try to control her powers, or the powers she has unleashed will destroy her, and the city around her.
Thirteen, by Steve Cavanagh
Thriller: following a murder trial where the true killer is on the jury, not on trial.
The Ladykiller, by Martina Cole
Crime Fiction/ Thriller: following the ‘Grantley Ripper’ and those who are trying to bring him to justice.
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Dystopian Fiction: Seventy-Four years after the districts unsuccessfully rebelled against the Capitol, they are still required each year to offer up a male and female tribute to The Hunger Games – a revenge entertainment for the privileged Capitol citizens, and a reminder to the districts of their place.
The Pull Of The Stars, by Emma Donoghue
Historical Fiction: Set in 1918 Dublin during the flu pandemic on a maternity ward
The Belgariad Series, by David Eddings
Fantasy: A swords and sorcery series of books suitable for young adults about a boy called Garion who has fallen in with some important people on a Quest that he hasn’t quite figured out yet.
Worst Idea Ever, by Jane Fallon
Fiction: telling the story of a woman who learns a secret about herself which she was never meant to hear.
A Country Escape, by Katie Fforde
Fiction: a feel-good read set on a cattle farm in the country with an inheritence drama, a romance and lots of heart warming cooking.
The Hunting Party, by Lucy Foley
Thriller: set on New Years Eve in the middle of the scottish wilderness, a group of friends discover the hard way that one of their party is a murderer.
Nobody’s Princess, by Esther Friesner
Young Adult/ Historical Fiction set in Ancient Greece: Following the young Helen of Troy as a child, before her beauty made her famous.
The Other Boleyn Girl, by Phillipa Gregory
Historical Fiction: Set in the Tudor Court, the story follows Anne and Mary Boleyn as they fight for the attention of King Henry VIII, and the crown of England.
The Boleyn Inheritance, by Phillipa Gregory
Historical fiction: following two of Henry VIII’s queens- Anne of Cleeves and Katherine Howard as well as the infamous lady-in-waiting Jane Boleyn
The Other Bennet Sister, by Janice Hadlow
A retelling of Pride and Prejudice from the perspective of Mary the plain Bennet sister, following her past the conclusion of the classic and into her own self-made future as she takes her life into her own hands and finds out who she is and what she wants from life.
How To Stop Time, by Matt Haig
Half Fiction, half historical Fiction: this story follows a man who ages at an astonishingly slow rate, skipping between his present day dilemma, and the past lives he led to get there.
The Familiars, by Stacey Halls
Historical Fiction: set in Lancashire 1612, based around the true story of the Pendle Witch Trials
All Creatures Great And Small, by James Herriott
Autobiography: a heart-warming account of being a vet on the Yorkshire Dales in the 1940’s
Historical Fiction. A retelling of Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret’s childhood, from the perspective of their governess, Marion Crawford.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman
Fiction: Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetables existence. Except, sometimes, everything…
A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini
Fiction, about two women living in Kabul during the first Taliban rule of Afganistan. It is a powerful story about love and freedom.
When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi
Autobiography, written by a neurosurgeon who discovers that he has cancer right as he is on the tip of achieving his dreams, talking about what makes life worth living.
This Is Going To Hurt, by Adam Kay
Memoirs of a Junior Doctor working in Obs and Gynae, working up to Senior Registrar. It is hilarious, heart-warming and one hell of a ride.
The Couple Next Door, by Shari Lapena
Thriller: about a couple whose baby is stolen from her bed while they are next door.
The Downstairs Girl, by Stacey Lee
Historical Fiction: from the perspective of a chinese domestic in late 1890’s Atlanta who begins to speak her mind as an annonymous agony aunt.
Working Stiff, by Judy Melinek MD and TJ Mitchell
Autobiography: tales from 2 years as a New York Medical Examiner, including the aftermath of 9/11
The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller
Historical Fiction, set in Ancient Greece: This story follows the great hero Achilles and his companion Patroclus through their childhood, their studies and finally to the beaches of Troy.
The Queen’s Rival, by Anne O’Brien
Historical Fiction: set in England during the war of the Roses (1455-1487) following Cecily Neville
Animal Farm, by George Orwell
Fiction, Set on a Farm in England in a time unspecified, this tale of animals taking their freedom and running their own lives is a re-telling of the russian revolution, but much easier to follow.
To Marry A Prince, by Sophie Page
Fiction: a tale about a girl who falls in love with the Prince of England, and he with her.
Bridgerton: The Duke and I, by Julia Quinn
Historical Romance,:set in London 1813, following a scheme between a society lady seeking a husband and a duke seeking no wife
Katherine, Tudor Duchess, by Tony Riches
Historical Fiction: following the life of Katherine Willoughby through the reign of Henry VIII, all six of his wives and all three of his children
Ariadne, by Jennifer Saint
Historical fiction, set in Ancient Greece: It is a greek myth retelling starting with the Minotaur and following the daughters of King Minos in their adventures
The End Of Men, by Christina Sweeney-Baird
Fiction: starting in Glasgow 2025, where a new virus has broken out which only effect men.
Trust Me, I’m a Vet, by Cathy Woodman
Fiction: A city vet looks after her friends Devonshire practise, and finds it’s not as straightforward as it seemed.