I enjoy historical fiction and I was intrigued by the blurb on The House Where It Happened by Martina Devlin. It is set in 1711 amongst an Ulster Scots community in the remote eastern corner of Ireland. The unnrest, death and murder that occurred half a century earlier still seems to be uppermost in most people’s minds. A belief in ghosts and witchcraft along with strange happenings put people [...]
Christmas to me means nativity and school plays, lots of good food, not to mention plenty of time for reading, relaxing, crocheting, writing and decorating. Hmmm, I think I need each day to have 36 hours instead of 24! I’m making slow progress with the decorating and didn’t read as much as I thought I would either but there was plenty of relaxation and board games!
I met Karen Power via twitter, a mutual friend introduced us to each other. Finding [...]
Do you know many orphans?
The one that comes to mind for me is the fictional Harry Potter, losing both his parents when he was a baby, both of them mercilessly killed by the evil Voldemort.
The line that comes to mind is the one uttered by Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest:
Lady Bracknell: To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose both looks like carelessness.
It seems strange to think that there are [...]
Unravelling Oliver – a bestseller and a first novel for Irish author Liz Nugent, I bought this book some time ago and got around to reading it this weekend. I flew through it – it is such a page turner. The shocking start (when Oliver attacks his wife Alice and she ends up in a coma in hospital) certainly got my attention. What kind of ?a man was this [...]
I’d heard from a couple of people that I Am Pilgrim?is a brilliant thriller so I couldn’t resist it when I spotted it recently in a bookshop even though I’d promised myself that, due to the ridiculous number of unread books on my bookshelves, I wasn’t going to buy any more books until Christmas. Having [...]