City of Girls
Elizabeth Gilbert - The latest novel from the author of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ is the very definition of a page-turning romp. It’s largely set in the early 1940s and tells the stor...
Kate Atkinson - Jackson Brodie fans! Rejoice! Yep, Kate Atkinson’s world-weary private detective is back for his fifth adventure. This time he’s hitting the mean streets of Br...
Sam Lipsyte - I loved American author Sam Lipsyte’s last novel ‘The Ask’, which detailed the travails of a third-tier university fund-raiser, and while ‘Hark’ doesn’t quite ma...
Linda Grant - Linda Grant won the Orange Prize in 2000 and was shortlisted for the Booker in 2008. Strange then that she should publish a book as shoddy as this. The story beg...
Bruges La Morte
Georges Rodenbach - This novel by Belgian author Georges Rodenbach was first published in 1892 and has been reissued by Dedalus with a translation by Mike Mitchell and introdu...
Small press big festival
The IRON Press festival, ‘Iron Or’ is big, not in an unwieldy, let’s pack it with a load of celebs-cum-authors, sense, but big on ideas, big on fun and big on making Cullercoa...
Write on cue
The ‘Crossing The Tees’ book festival is taking over Tees Valley for a couple of weeks this June with a plethora of top authors taking part.
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...
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...