Contemporary Fiction Humour

The Car Share – Zoe Brisby

31 March 2021
The Car Share Book Cover The Car Share
Zoe Brisby
Hachette UK
25 March 2021

A ninety-year-old woman with Alzheimer's and a heartbroken young man end up sharing a ride to Brussels that changes their lives forever. When Alex pulls up to meet "Max", he expects everything but a ninety-year-old lady who has her heart set on getting to Brussels by carpool. As for 'Max', who is actually called Maxine, she could not be more ill at ease when settling into the seat next to this young man with bloodshot eyes. God help her if he turned out to be a drug addict who hasn't slept in days! When it becomes clear that Maxine is suffering from Alzheimer's and wants to take matters in her own hands while she still can, and that Alex battles severe depression, a wonderful friendship starts to form between the unlikely pair. Before long, their travel plans take an unexpected turn...

Alex advertises for a car share from Paris to Brussels and Maxine is to be his companion. He’s young, very depressed, she’s 90 something but young in her head….

Fantasy Historical Fiction

Circus of Wonders – Elizabeth Macneal

2 March 2021
Circus of Wonders Book Cover Circus of Wonders
13 May 2021

The spellbinding new novel from Elizabeth Macneal, author of the Sunday Times bestselling The Doll Factory.

It’s May 1866 and Jasper Jupiter’s Circus of Wonders, full of living curiosities, comes to the coastal resort where Nell lives. Nell grows miniature flowers to sell in London…

Literary Fiction

Shuggie Bain – Douglas Stuart

25 February 2021
Shuggie Bain Book Cover Shuggie Bain
Douglas Stuart
6 August 2020

A heart-wrenchingly moving first novel set in Glasgow during the Thatcher years, Shuggie Bain tells the story of a boy's doomed attempt to save his proud, alcoholic mother from her addiction.

This is the heartbreaking story of Hugh ‘Shuggie’ Bain and his mother Agnes. He’s lonely, on the receiving end of much unpleasantness around his sexuality and has to cope…

Contemporary Fiction

Idle Hands – Cassondra Windwalker

3 July 2020
Idle Hands Book Cover Idle Hands
Cassondra Windwalker
Contemporary Fiction
Agora Books
23 July 2020

You can call me Ella. You generally assign me a whole host of other preposterous monikers. I think the least imaginative name I’ve heard is “the devil”, but I’ll answer to it if I must.

After making the courageous decision to leave her abusive husband, Perdie and her three young children start over and finally find the safety and love they deserve. But years later, when tragedy strikes, Perdie is left wondering if the choice she made to leave has led them to this moment.

If she were given the opportunity to take it all back and stay, would she?

In a frantic bid to protect her family, Perdie makes a deal to do just that. But in a world where the devil pulls the strings, can Perdie really change the past?

Brimming with enlightened observations and brilliant voice, Idle Hands is a haunting examination of grief, resilience, and what we’d give to spend another moment with the ones we love.

Oh my goodness, this book is amazing! Perdie is struggling with a dilemma which many victims of domestic abuse face. Should she leave her violent and manipulative husband Matt…

Historical Fiction Thriller

The Art of Dying – Ambrose Parry

1 May 2020
The Art of Dying Book Cover The Art of Dying
Raven, Fisher, and Simpson #2
Ambrose Parry
Black Thorn
July 2, 2020

'Parry's Victorian Edinburgh comes vividly alive - and it's a world of pain' Val McDermid'A rip-roaring tale of murder' Ian RankinEdinburgh, 1849. Hordes of patients are dying all across the city, with doctors finding their remedies powerless. And a whispering campaign seeks to paint Dr James Simpson, pioneer of medical chloroform, as a murderer.Determined to clear Simpson's name, his protégé Will Raven and former housemaid Sarah Fisher must plunge into Edinburgh's deadliest streets and find out who or what is behind the deaths. Soon they discover that the cause of the deaths has evaded detection purely because it is so unthinkable.

As I’m interested in the history of medicine this is a book that appeals. ✔️ Set in Edinburgh? Another ✔️. Featuring Dr James Simpson of chloroform fame? ✔️ Brilliant…