News & Reviews

Mission Possible: Locating the Stanza Stones

Several years ago I was given a copy of Stanza Stones signed by our esteemed Poet Laureate Simon Armitage. I have the edition, co-written [...]

October 6, 2021

Book Review: Colour Blindness and Me

  This is a book written by  ten-year-old Malachi who inherited colour blindness from his grandfather via his mother who carries the gene. Significantly [...]

July 29, 2021

Book Review: Her Last Holiday

Jenna disappears on a spiritual retreat run by Kate and her husband Tom on the island of Gozo. It is presumed a suicide. However, [...]

June 1, 2021

Book Review: Still Life

I have loved reading this book, and wish that I had discovered this author sooner. It has given me an immense amount of pleasure [...]

June 1, 2021

Book Review: Eleven Lines to Somewhere

On receiving this book, I had a look at the cover and the blurb and thought to myself, “this looks like the kind of [...]

March 23, 2021

Book Review: The Last Goodbye

One of the joys of reading outside of your usual genre (in my case thrillers) is the unexpected surprise you can be rewarded with, [...]

March 17, 2021

Author Event: Claire Fuller

Unsettled Ground is Claire Fuller’s fourth novel and will be published by Fig Tree (Penguin) on 25th March. At the time of writing this [...]

March 11, 2021

Book Review: Tall Bones

You don’t need to read many pages of Anna Bailey’s debut novel, Tall Bones, to realise that the disappearance of Abigail Blake is just [...]

March 2, 2021

Book Review: Girl A

Tucked up on the ridged area between Lancashire and Yorkshire lies a bleak landscape known to a few hardy fell-runners, the hillwalkers who trudge [...]

December 30, 2020

Book Review: The Lightbringers

  Thank you to Karin Celestine for her latest book The Lightbringers which on a cold dull November afternoon in lockdown brought me warmth and [...]

November 21, 2020

Too Much Stuff!

Ever since my Mum bought a copy of Monkey and Me for my youngest son I have been a fan of Emily Gravett’s books. [...]

October 28, 2020

Books For Your Library – a literary podcast

Coming soon! A new literary podcast featuring writers and illustrators having a good old natter with Sarah Tyson about their latest book, their writing [...]

September 15, 2020

Children’s Book Reviews by Children

To celebrate Independent Bookshop Week (20-27th June) Books Up North is excited to announce that soon it will be launching a new page featuring [...]

June 21, 2020

Book Review – “Meet Me at the Museum” by Anne Youngson

Gentle, thought-provoking and surprisingly pacey I quickly found myself engrossed in this debut novel by Anne Youngson. Almost all the story is about a [...]

May 2, 2018

Book Review – “Need to Know” by Karen Cleveland

When I read publisher Sarah Adams’ suggestion to “cancel my evening plans, take the phone off the hook and disable the doorbell” I admit [...]

January 10, 2018

News & Reviews Introduction

Book News & Reviews No ordinary Blogspot By way of introduction it might be useful to explain that I envisage this News & Reviews [...]

December 15, 2017