Young Hearts Crying by Richard Yates

A line jumped out halfway through Richard Yates’s penultimate novel, Young Hearts Crying

‘…but there was a persuasive tone of sadness all through the story and a well-earned sense of impending tragedy toward the end.’

And it was as if Yates had written a review of his own book. Continue reading


Short reviews of four short books

The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes Continue reading

Sample Saturday – a Sarah Waters trio

Sample Saturday is when I wade through the eleventy billion samples I have downloaded on my Kindle. I’m slowly chipping away and deciding whether it’s buy or bye.

This week, all three books are by Sarah Waters. I read The Paying Guests this year and although I didn’t rave about it, it was certainly a light, entertaining read. Waters fans urged me to try some of her other novels, so I’m letting you decide – which one should I read next? Continue reading

Pigeon Pie by Nancy Mitford

Sophia Garfield had a clear mental picture of what the outbreak of war was going to be like. There would be a loud bang, succeeded by inky darkness and a cold wind. Stumbling over heaps of rubble and dead bodies, Sophia would search with industry, but without hope, for her husband, her lover and her dog.

And so begins Nancy Mitford’s satire, Pigeon Pie. Continue reading