Posts Tagged ‘London’

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

 Source: Free review copy received from publisher Five words from the blurb: WWII, London, teacher, love, triumphs I loved Chris Cleave’s debut novel, The Other Hand, but his subsequent books haven’t been in the same league. With Everyone Brave Is Forgiven he has returned to form. The fact this is based on the experiences of his relatives […]

The Night Watch by Sarah Waters

Five words from the blurb: Londoners, 1940s, streets, secrets, liaisons The Fingersmith is one of my favourite books so I had high expectations for this one. The Night Watch wasn’t quite in the same league, but I was impressed by Waters’ ability to bring war-torn London to life. The Night Watch begins in 1947 and goes backwards in […]

London: A Life in Maps by Peter Whitfield

…. . . . . . London: A Life in Maps is a beautiful A4-sized paperback containing approximately 200 important maps from the mid-sixteenth century to the present day. The book is divided into four sections: London Before the Great Fire The Age of Elegance The Victorian Metropolis The Shock of the New Each of […]

Hearts and Minds – Amanda Craig

 Long listed for the Orange Prize 2010 Hearts and Minds seems to be one of the most praised books on the Orange long list this year. It’s London setting appealed to me and so I decided to read it, despite the fact it didn’t make the short list. Hearts and Minds gives a snap-shot of life […]

Brixton Beach – Roma Tearne

Brixton Beach is a difficult book to rate. It has a fantastic opening chapter and a powerful, poignant ending, but unfortunately the rest of the book is a bit forgettable. The book opens with an emotionally charged glimpse at the London tube bombings of 2005 in which 56 people were killed. I wasn’t surprised to see […]

The Harlot’s Progress: Yorkshire Molly – Peter Mottley

Yorkshire Molly is the first in a trilogy of books that breathe life into Hogarth’s series of etchings, The Harlot’s Progress (Please note that the previous link takes you to pictures of the etchings, which contain plot spoilers). Set in 18th Century England, the book begins with Molly travelling on a wagon from York to London, excited at the […]