Q & A with Linda Mannheim

Earlier this year I read the astounding This Way to Departures. I absolutely loved the short story collection (you can read my review here: https://fallenfigsbookblog.com/2020/03/26/this-way-to-departures-by-linda-mannheim/ ) Now I have been fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to ask the author, Linda Mannheim, some questions about the collection! 1.      An eclectic mixture of locations and … Continue reading Q & A with Linda Mannheim

The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea by Yukio Mishima

What’s it about? This book tells the story of Noboru, a thirteen-year-old boy, Fusako, his mother, and the new love interest on the scene, a sailor called Ryuji. At the beginning of the story, Ryuji is a sailor on leave who has a fling with Fusako, but this then progresses to a more serious relationship … Continue reading The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea by Yukio Mishima

My 10 favourite pages from The Boy, the mole, the fox and the Horse

During the course of this lockdown I read The Boy, the mole, the fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy. I have gone on to read it every single day of the lockdown. It is a beautiful, powerful and uplifting book. Below, I have shared my 10 favourite pages from it but to give you … Continue reading My 10 favourite pages from The Boy, the mole, the fox and the Horse

Circe by Madeline Miller

What’s it about? “In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child--not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power--the power of witchcraft, … Continue reading Circe by Madeline Miller

5 books (or series) to read while we are staying in to stay safe

The Dark Tower by Stephen King What’s it about? The Dark Tower tells the story of Roland of Gilead as he embarks on an epic journey to reach the Dark Tower. Along the way we meet a whole host of mystical characters and creatures, visit mesmerising places and have fantastic adventures. Why should I read … Continue reading 5 books (or series) to read while we are staying in to stay safe

This Way to Departures by Linda Mannheim

This Way to Departures is a short story collection published in 2019 by Influx Press. It didn’t receive an awful lot of publicity, but I came upon it after reading a very short review of the book in a newspaper. It sounded interesting so I thought it was worth punt. The first thing I need … Continue reading This Way to Departures by Linda Mannheim

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

“My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist.” So starts Silver Sparrow. A complicated, elaborate tale of marriage, lies, deceit and the effect it has had on the two teenagers caught in the middle of it all. I adored Silver Sparrow. Tayari Jones writes with an empathy and an understanding unlike many other writers. This was … Continue reading Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

The Strange Bird and Dead Astronauts by Jeff Vandermeer

I’ve decided to do something a bit different for this week’s blog. It is going to do two reviews in one as I review two books written by Jeff Vandermeer before bringing both together. Through reading the Southern Reach trilogy, Borne and now these two books, Jeff Vandermeer has become possibly my favourite modern author … Continue reading The Strange Bird and Dead Astronauts by Jeff Vandermeer

Pine by Francine Toon

Pine, Francine Toon’s debut novel, feels like the perfect book for the stormy February we have endured. I read the book over the weekend in which Storm Ciara struck the UK and it completely and utterly absorbed my attention. The novel tells the story of Lauren, a young girl living in the Scottish Highlands with … Continue reading Pine by Francine Toon