Tag Archives: London

Great Gatsby, it’s Gorsky!

Gorsky by Vesna Goldsworthy This novel, a bold reimagining of The Great Gatsby relocated to contemporary London, which is longlisted for this year’s Bailey’s Prize is a bit of a marmite novel. It turns out that there are roughly three camps of thought about it: Those who love The Great Gatsby and loved what Goldsworthy has done with Gorsky. Those who love The… Read more »

The Slow Horses meet the Real Tigers

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Real Tigers by Mick Herron This is the third of Mick Herron’s ‘Slough House’ spy novels, following Slow Horses and Dead Lions. Previously, I’d only read the first, Slow Horses, but found that it was alright to jump to the third; the references to the second novel are few and don’t affect the reading of Real Tigers – it stands on… Read more »

The Wellcome Book Prize

Yesterday I was privileged to attend a lovely ‘Bloggers Brunch’ at the Wellcome Collection in London to celebrate the shortlist for the Wellcome Book Prize.  Let me tell you a little about the background to this before I describe the event. The Wellcome Trust, which was founded in 1936 is “an independent global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health, because… Read more »

The making of Mary (Queen of Shops)

Shop Girl by Mary Portas Mary Portas is one of those TV presenter/gurus you either love or find profoundly irritating. I love her and her championing of the high street and independent retailers. Her TV programmes where she helps ailing businesses are full of common sense and good advice jazzed up with her team’s design flair. The shame is that… Read more »

Allingham & Ambler

Annabel   29th November 2015   8 Comments on Allingham & Ambler

Yesterday, I was delighted be invited to another event for bloggers hosted by the estates department of PFD (literary agents Peters Fraser & Dunlop) at the Groucho Club.  Their Simenon event a few months ago was excellent. This time, they were featuring the work of two authors – Margery Allingham and Eric Ambler. Surprisingly, I’ve never read Allingham who was… Read more »

More from the archives…

The other week, I posted some of my pre-blog capsule reviews, and they got a good response. So, while it’s the holiday season and I’m still tweaking my new domain, here are a couple more five starred books for you: Clear by Nicola Barker Another of Nicola Barker’s amazing novels which just capture the ways and words of her characters… Read more »

The case of the missing disk…

Acts of Omission by Terry Stiastny Thrillers set in the world of modern British politics are not that common compared with those led by the spies who report to the politicians; Acts of Omission is mainly the former. It is the debut novel by a former BBC News reporter who worked in Berlin in the late 1990s and is based upon a true… Read more »

Annabel's Shelves: B is for …

Ballard, J.G. – The Drowned World Having just read one book set in a dystopian near-future London, when I finally came to choose my ‘B’ book for my Annabel’s Shelves project, I picked another. There was one author and particular title that just leapt out at me. It had to be Ballard – and it had to be The Drowned… Read more »

From one dystopia to another …

The Ship by Antonia Honeywell I’m on a watery/eco-thriller/dystopian reading binge at the moment, set off by picking up this novel – I couldn’t resist the colourful cover with its silhouette of a broken London landscape and a nod to the film Titanic. It’s the near-future; the world as we know it is broken. Five hundred specially selected people escape the… Read more »

Annabel's Shelves: A is for …

Arnott, Jake – The Long Firm Thank you to everyone who suggested authors beginning with ‘A’ for the first read of my Annabel’s Shelves project. Atwood was a very popular suggestion, and I’m sorry to disappoint you but I have read four of her novels already so didn’t choose her this time. Initially, I want to concentrate on new to me… Read more »