Around Christmas, I joked that I wondered if any female recipients of the gift of my book How To Be A Perfect Farm Wife had taken offence and thrown it at the head of the giver. I hoped that the front cover would give them enough hints that while it might sound like a marriage manual, it’s very tongue in cheek albeit with useful tips. One tweeter told me his girlfriend’s aunt told her to throw it at him but it [...]
Around The Farm Gate is a collection of 50 stories about Ireland’s farming past, told mostly by people with childhood or young adult memories of living on a farm in various parts of the country. 500 stories were submitted and 50 were chosen.
What struck me about the writers were how many are working in (or have retired from) care[...]
I enjoy reading Belinda Pollard’s blog posts about the researching, writing and editing process for her debut novel Poison Bay so the book was on my to read list. I guessed it would be good but I’d no idea how good. I read it on holidays last week and I wouldn’t have put it down only we had booked to go on a trip that [...]
I had heard of Martine Madden’s book Anyush before I met her at the Stone House Books reader event but hadn’t got around to looking into it or reading the blurb or any reviews. My mistake but as I’ve read and enjoyed it now, the mistake has been rectified. I knew nothing about Armenian history and this novel, as it follows the tale of a fictional young girl, [...]
This will be a short review as I’m off to the UK tomorrow for two days and I still have lots of things to do! ?I first read Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy over the Christmas of 2009. The children bought me the third book for Christmas and wrote on it including the date which is the only reason I remember which Christmas it was! ?I flew through it then [...]