Sisters by Daisy Johnson

Sisters is Daisy Johnson’s second novel following on from the outstanding Everything Under. Johnson also has a short story collection, Fen, published. Through these first two books she established herself as one of Britain’s brightest writing talents, becoming the youngest ever writer to be shortlisted for the Booker Prize (she was 27 at the time) … Continue reading Sisters by Daisy Johnson

The Balance by Kev Harrison

One of the emerging genres of the last few years has been folk horror. Books such as Water Shall Refuse Them by Lucy McKnight Hardy, Andrew Michael Hurley’s excellent trio of books The Loney, Devil’s Day and Starve Acre and Pine by Francine Toon are just a few examples of the superb books to be … Continue reading The Balance by Kev Harrison

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

What’s it about? Hamnet tells a story about grief, love and the bond between families. First, Hamnet’s twin sister falls ill with the suspected plague before Hamnet grows ill himself. Though all this, Agnes desperately tries to get word to her husband who is working away in London and to care for her ailing children. … Continue reading Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

What’s it about? Giovanni’s Room, first published in the UK in 1957, tells the story of David, a young American, living in Paris. His fiancé has travelled to Spain to do some soul searching and while she is away, he meets and become infatuated with a beautiful and mysterious Italian barman named Giovanni. What proceeds … Continue reading Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

Hopeful Monsters by Roger McKnight

Hopeful Monsters is Roger McKnight’s debut short story collection. It features 17 stories which often include characters experiencing hardship or difficulty while eventually finding some sort of solace. It is published by the wonderful Storgy Books who were generous enough to send me a copy to review. Regular readers of my blog will know I … Continue reading Hopeful Monsters by Roger McKnight

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

His Bloody Project tells the story of Roderick Macrae (Roddy for short), a young man living in the Scottish Highlands in 1869, who is arrested for a triple murder. The story is told through a memoir written by Roddy, a report from an expert on criminal insanity and the transcript of the trial. It is … Continue reading His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

What’s it about? The story centres around Billy Pilgrim. It tells us his life story with focus as his time as a prisoner of war in the Second World War. Billy is far from your typical war hero. He is in fact a chaplains assistant. He carries no weapon, has no boots and is not … Continue reading Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

This Ragged, Wastrel Thing by Tomas Marcantonio

It has been a little while since my last review. With the world around us crazier than ever, reading has become much more difficult for me than usual. The only book I have managed to finish in the last two weeks was too boring to consider reviewing (a review in and of itself). Then, however, … Continue reading This Ragged, Wastrel Thing by Tomas Marcantonio

Southernmost by Silas House

What’s it about? Southernmost is about a preacher from a small Tennessee town named Asher Sharp. After a flood devastates his parish, Asher tries to help everybody he can. This includes a gay couple, who have recently moved into the area. The church, including Asher’s own wife, cannot accept a gay couple into their community … Continue reading Southernmost by Silas House

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