The British Book Awards: Debut Book Of The Year Nominees

It’s that time of year again: The British Book Awards, aka the Nibbies. Usually I manage to get my post published before the winners are called, but this year I missed the delivery of books so had to go to the big post office, which was shut, and then I arranged a redelivery and missed that too, and so it went on for a couple of weeks, until finally last week I received all six nominees for Debut Book of the Year.

I read them over the weekend, and didn’t look at the winner until after I’d made my own judgements. Like every other year, I seem to be out of step with the judges, but never mind. Here’s what I thought of this year’s Debut nominees, from the one I liked least to the one I liked most. Read more

After She’s Gone by Camilla Grebe

I do enjoy a good Scandi noir, and Camilla Grebe doesn’t disappoint with After She’s Gone.

The story focuses around a couple of detectives, Hanne and Peter, who are also romantic partners. They’ve just returned from a holiday in Greenland after finishing a particularly taxing investigation, and they have their own difficulties to deal with too, not least of which is Hanne losing her memory, a fact she has been trying to keep secret from everyone around her. Read more

Fallen Angel by Chris Brookmyre

The Temple family are those people you’ve always looked at and wanted to be. The patriarch is a respected academic who has recently risen to prominence after debating conspiracy theories on a popular TV show. The matriarch, Celia, had her own meteoric rise to fame decades ago, playing a beautiful woman in a sci-fi series.

Their children, and their children’s children, are no different: from the outside, they seem like the perfect family. Or are they…? Read more

Books of the Month: Mainly Novels

March was an extremely busy month, so in the interests of preserving my own sanity I took a hiatus for a while. Now I’m back, and I’ll probably keep doing my weekly book posts, but I might move the general round-ups to monthly rather than weekly.

In March I barely read anything until the final week, when I read a bunch of novels. Reviews below. Read more

tfw you’re already tired and then you act like an idiot and make yourself even more tired

On Monday last week I was exhausted. The week before had been fairly busy at work, and then of course there’d been uni at the weekend, so I was tired by Monday morning. I could have just worked a normal day in the office, but instead I arrived at 7.45 on Monday morning and left at 1.45am on Tuesday. This is not something I recommend, and it’s not something I do often these days.

Of course this meant I was exhausted for the rest of the week. However I also had quite a nice time. Read more

Monthly Round-Up: February

Happy March! Normally I do a ceremonial ‘opening of the windows’ ritual at the end of March when spring is beginning, but we’ve had such mild weather here in London recently that I’ve already got them all open despite it only being the end of February. Actually, scrap ‘mild’, it’s been downright warm. It hit 20 degrees the other day. I feel like I’ve been cheated out of winter, but I suppose I can be happy for all the people who like the warmer weather.

Following on from my January round-up, here’s a quick overview of how things have gone in February. Read more