News & Reviews

A Q&A with Rosie Talbot

Twelve Bones by Rosie Talbot is the second book in the Haunted York series, continuing from her first book, Sixteen Souls. Ivan caught up [...]

June 30, 2024

Book Review: The Estate

I confess I have tended to veer away from purchasing detective novels as they are often presented unimaginatively. Experience has proved them to be [...]

May 11, 2024

Book Review: Dracula Park

Romanian history, nineteenth century English literature and modern-day political corruption collide in this highly entertaining novel from Swiss-Romanian writer, Dana Grigorecea. Although it might [...]

April 18, 2024

Book Review: WILD guide to North East England

Inspire vb. to exert a stimulating or beneficial effect upon a a person; animate or invigorate I wanted to check that I was not [...]

April 10, 2023

Book Review: The Creator of The Wombles

In this book the author, Kate Robertson paints an engaging and fascinating portrait of her mother, Elisabeth Beresford, best known as the creator of [...]

April 10, 2023

Book Review: Source

‘Source’ by Rosemary Johnston has depth and layers that give you a feeling you have read a much longer story than one consisting of [...]

September 28, 2022

Book Review: The English GI

The English GI is a rewarding and uplifting World War 2 memoir based on the true story of a Yorkshire schoolboy’s wartime adventures and [...]

July 20, 2022

Book Review: The Family Remains

One brisk morning on the banks of the Thames, an unsuspecting mud larker is shaken to discover a bag containing human remains. DCI Samuel [...]

July 6, 2022

Q & A with Jackie Morris and James Mayhew

Mrs Noah’s Song is the third title in the series of picture books created by writers and illustrators Jackie Morris and James Mayhew. The [...]

June 8, 2022

Book Review: Miss Aldridge Regrets

This is the second book from the author of the highly acclaimed ‘This Lovely City’ Louise Hare. The book is an exciting well written [...]

May 2, 2022

Book Review: Northerners: A History

Northerners tells the formidable history of the North of England through the people and events that have shaped it – and the wider world [...]

April 12, 2022

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