When We Fall; haunting historical fiction

With a true war crime at the crux of this powerful Second World War story, When We Fall is an emotionally charged novel that has left a deep impression on me. This is a thought…

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You Will Be Safe Here: symbolic, raw and unforgettable

So I’ve been a bit of a fan of the writer Damian Barr for a while – from his social media and also from The Big Scottish Book Club, a TV programme in which he…

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The Silken Rose; historic feminism and political intrigue

What a historic delight Carol McGrath’s new novel The Silken Rose is. Not only did it captivate me with the political intrigue of the medieval thirteenth century, but it also introduced me to the real…

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Code Name Hélène; sensational page turner based on truth

Wow! If you love historic fiction, you need to read Code Name Hélène. If you celebrate feminism, you need to read Code Name Hélène. Basically you need to read Code Name Hélène! It is the…

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The Lost Lights of St Kilda; simply stunning

Ahhhh, The Lost Lights of St Kilda truly captivated me. It is written in such a beautiful, subtle manner that evoked a deep impression on me. With its evocative sense of setting, emotional portrayal of…

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