A Soviet Adventure with Dennis Wheatley

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The Forbidden Territory by Dennis Wheatley Earlier this year I reported on an afternoon spent at the Groucho Club arranged by literary agents PFD, hearing about the novels of Dennis Wheatley (and John Creasey).  I finally managed to make time to read a Wheatley … The Forbidden Territory was Wheatley’s first published novel in 1933. It was an instant bestseller and as… Read more »

An evening with Vaseem Khan

Last night I went to Mostly Books to hear Vaseem Khan talk about his two crime novels featuring Inspector Chopra which are set in Mumbai. I didn’t have time to read one of the books before the event, but any novel that begins: On the day that he was due to retire, Inspector Ashwin Chopra discovered that he had inherited… Read more »

Pitch: The Time Bandits in Hawaii ?

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The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig Nix Song lives on a tall ship with her father and small band of fiercely loyal crew, refugees from time. Captain Slate is able to ‘navigate’ the ship through time to any where, but only if he has a true and dated map – and each map only works once. He is searching… Read more »

My TBR Rainbow #7: Violet

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This may be the last division of colour in the normal rainbow, but don’t worry, for those who are not fed up of my piles of unread books – I’ll be carrying on this feature with some of the inbetween shades! Looking for the ‘violet’ books was fun, there aren’t many of them on my shelves, but there is a… Read more »

The story of a novel and how I got a quote inside it…

JPF What if the Queen

What If the Queen Should Die? by John-Paul Flintoff Today, my special subscriber’s copy of another Unbound book arrived. Unbound are a crowd-funding publisher – read my interview with them for Shiny New Books here to find out more. Once you’ve pledged to one book, it’s very tempting to pledge to another… and another. This is the fourth I’ve pledged to which… Read more »

Mavis Cheek Blog Tour


Dog Days by Mavis Cheek Today I’m delighted to be a stop on Mavis Cheek‘s blog tour celebrating the new Ipso Books e-book editions of some of her backlist titles, of which her 1990 novel Dog Days is the latest (my review below). It has been some years since I’ve read any of Mavis’s novels, but I do remember chuckling my way through Mrs…. Read more »

My TBR Rainbow #6: Indigo

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Indigo – which, for the purposes of this exercise, I’ve gone from the darker side of mid-blue through navy was possibly the hardest colour to build a pile of books for. I have no series of books with indigo spines, but although there aren’t so many titles in this pile, it does cover a wide range of genres – from modern… Read more »

Too cryogenically cool to love outright

Zero K

Zero K by Don DeLillo I’m not entirely new to reading Don DeLillo. I like the idea of reading DeLillo and I have read the first quarter of his 1971 debut, Americana, for my Annabel’s Shelves project. I was really enjoying it; it started well – we were introduced to top TV executive David Bell – who, if he’d been an ad-man, would… Read more »

One Man and His Dog


Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume This novel, by Anglo-Irish author, Sara Baume, published last year and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, was our book group read this month. It’s fair to say that it was selected more by default than design – we’d all come to book group a little jaded with nothing in mind to suggest and… Read more »

My TBR Rainbow #5: Blue

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I’ve gone blue today – light blue, from sky blue to a mid turquoise via eau de nil. I’ll be classifying the darker blues as indigo next time. There is one series of books with Turquoise spines – Pelicans – but I didn’t have any unread ones to add to this pile, as it’s all about the TBR. Paler blues seem to… Read more »