Candice Carty-Williams - Queenie Jenkins is a 25-year-old black woman living in London and working on the cultural desk of a national newspaper. She has a loyal bunch of frien...
Machines Like Me
Ian McEwan - Ian McEwan’s latest is set in an alternate 1980s. Margaret Thatcher is still Prime Minister (and sending troops to the Falklands, although with a rather different...
Harriet Tyce - This debut novel has been billed as the ‘most heart-pounding thriller of 2019’ but, alas, it’s anything but. It concerns Alison, a forty-something barrister liv...
Show Them A Good Time
Nicole Flattery - The debut collection of short stories from this 29-year-old Irish woman is almost frighteningly assured. Her female protagonists are often in asymmetric, unf...
The write stuff
WRITE Festival – one of the region’s leading literary events – is returning to South Shields in May for its third incarnation and featuring a programme packed with wordy goodi...
The lowdown on Lowborn
Kerry Hudson (pictured) will be talking about her new book ‘Lowborn’, which details her life growing up in grinding poverty, at the Gosforth Civic Theatre in May.
A Good Enough Mother
Ruth is the head of a psychological trauma unit in London who works to help people who have undergone serious mental stress, including children who have witnessed a family mem...
Before She Knew Him
You can always rely on Peter Swanson to hit you up with a big dollop of crime thriller goodness and he’s on sparkling form with his latest. It begins with Hen and Lloyd who ha...
The Confessions of Frannie Langton
Sara Collins has said of her debut novel that she wanted to put a Jamaican woman in Jane Austen territory: “I wanted to see what would happen to someone like Frannie making he...
Only Americans Burn In Hell
“This chapter is a poorly fleshed-out fictional pretense to write about something that isn’t fictitious”. If an entire book could be summed up in one of its sentences then her...
The Wych Elm
The Ivy House is the affectionate name bestowed on a grand familial home in a well to do part of Dublin. The only person residing there is Hugo, who, despite living on borrowe...
In some unspecified period in the near future the water levels around the world have risen catastrophically. All beaches have disappeared and the UK is “protected” by the Wall...
The Flower Girls
The Flower Girls were the tabloid nicknames given to two young sisters who were involved in the kidnapping and killing of a toddler nineteen years ago. The eldest of them was ...