Book Reviews
Mr Weston’s Good Wine: T.F. Powys
16th Mar 2010Posted in: Book Reviews Comments Off on Mr Weston’s Good Wine: T.F. Powys

T.F. Powys was discovered by Sylvia Townsend Warner living in a small village in Dorset with drawers full of completed manuscripts of startling originality. He was one of three brothers, all of whom became famous writers. After his work was published other writers found their way to his door, but he remained a fairly reclusive […]

Memnoch the Devil: Anne Rice
16th Mar 2010Posted in: Book Reviews Comments Off on Memnoch the Devil: Anne Rice

The last in the series of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, but the first I’ve read. An extraordinarily ambitious novel in which the author attempts to describe and explain not only Creation but Heaven and Hell; Memnoch < The Devil > is told in the words of the Vampire Lestat, a brilliant device in itself. The […]

The Golden Web: Nell Grey
16th Mar 2010Posted in: Book Reviews Comments Off on The Golden Web: Nell Grey

The story begins… ‘My mind is wandering again’. A woman is looking back over her life, reliving her early years as a child with a mystical connection to the natural world, and with it the sense of being different and misunderstood. Her first mystical experience allows her to briefly escape the horrors of school life, […]

Dracula: Bram Stoker
16th Mar 2010Posted in: Book Reviews Comments Off on Dracula: Bram Stoker

The original classic vampire story, first published in 1897, the one that spawned all those lurid films by Hammer and others, all those comic strips. I hadn’t read it, and was surprised to find it over 400 pages long and beautifully and intelligently written and cleverly structured. The story is told by way of the […]

Flight of the Seventh Moon: Lynn V. Andrews
16th Mar 2010Posted in: Book Reviews Comments Off on Flight of the Seventh Moon: Lynn V. Andrews

Flight of the Seventh Moon is the sequel to Medicine Woman, which was first marketed as a true story, then as a novel, although I didn’t know that when I began this, and hadn’t read it. The words on one of the prelim pages of Flight of the Seventh Moon state ‘this is a true […]

Lanark: Alasdair Gray
16th Mar 2010Posted in: Book Reviews Comments Off on Lanark: Alasdair Gray

The subtitle of Lanark is ‘A Life in Four Books,’ and although there seems almost to be more than four books here, or if not then a smaller number of divided books, one has the sense that two complete and totally separate books could have been made from the whole, although that’s not to say […]

Blue Diary: Alice Hoffman
16th Mar 2010Posted in: Book Reviews Comments Off on Blue Diary: Alice Hoffman

If the blurb on the back cover hadn’t explained that the blue diary of the title belonged to a dead girl, brutally raped and murdered thirteen years earlier by Ethan Ford, one half of a beautiful couple whose perfect love and life are described in such unbelievable and sugary detail in the opening chapter, one […]

Labyrinth: Kate Mosse
16th Mar 2010Posted in: Book Reviews Comments Off on Labyrinth: Kate Mosse

Rave reviews from The Guardian, Val McDermid, Nikki Gerard, The Times and Sunday Times, Myslexia Magazine, The Daily Mail, The Independent and others, not to mention Richard and Judy, coupled with the fact that Kate Mosse invented the Orange Prize for Fiction, must have prompted thousands to buy this book. And all the ingredients to […]

Beyond Black: Hilary Mantel
16th Mar 2010Posted in: Book Reviews Comments Off on Beyond Black: Hilary Mantel

Alison is a thirty-something medium who makes her living travelling from venue to small venue on the M25, connecting people to their lost loved ones. Her life is pretty disorganised until she meets Colette, who’s just about to put an end to her failing marriage. Colette moves in and takes Alison’s affairs successfully in hand, […]

The Death of Vishnu: Manil Suri
16th Mar 2010Posted in: Book Reviews Comments Off on The Death of Vishnu: Manil Suri

On a concrete landing in an apartment block in Mumbai, Vishnu, who scrapes a living by running errands for the tenants, is dying. Above and below, all around him, life in the flats continues. Mrs Ashrani and Mrs Pathak squabble over their shared kitchen, and a pair of star-crossed teenage lovers meets on the roof […]