Jenny recommends: Mavis’s shoes by Sue Reid-Sexton It is March 1941, during the Second World War, and Lenny Gillespie, aged 9, is on the streets of Clydebank after the Germans attack. Lenny and her 4 year old sister Mavis, are on their way home when the sirens sound. Their mother Peggy has gone to the [...]
Despite the seamy side of life portrayed, there’s also hope and humanity. Sometimes I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
Agnes Owens’ writing is sparse, simple and down-to-earth, but with so much going on beneath the surface. She is great at portraying characters whose realities are slightly skewed, but who could quite easily be the people who live next door
The story and the characters reflect the passion, energy, aggression and rawness of punk, as well as the deprivation, social unrest and alienation of the times.
Intelligent and tightly plotted with twists upon twists and turns upon turns. An excellent read which kept me up.
Very clever, creepy and chilling. Makes you wonder who your friends are. Excellent stuff.
Despite its length and seemingly leisurely pace, Naming the bones is a fast read. It’s atmospheric with a great sense of place and a very gothic tone.
I would recommend this book to anyone who watches or reads crime thrillers as it feels so real.
Have lesbians been expunged from history by academics and biographers who wish to deny their existence? The authors of Not a passing phase certainly believe so. Written in 1989 by the Lesbian History Group, this lively and contentious collection of essays attempt to redress this imbalance. As Sheila Jeffreys writes in her introduction, there are [...]
would recommend this book to read as the author has made the characters so real and the crimes so dark and horrifying that it sent shivers down my spine. It is a great thriller, I just couldn’t put it down.