Gayle Forman – Author Overview

If I stay – Following a head on collison with a 4-ton truck on a snowy day, a family car crashes causing fatal injuries to Kat and Denny, parents to 7 year-old Teddy and 17 year-old Mia. Highly accomplished cellist Mia is stuck between life and death, forced to watched the valiant efforts of the rescue medical staff who are trying to save her own … Continue reading Gayle Forman – Author Overview

Medical Memoirs – Adam Kay, The Prison DR

The Prison Doctor – I was drawn to Dr Amanda Brown’s account of her journey from village GP to a Dr behind bars, as so often “prison stories” are (quite rightly) dominated by the inmates, so to have a book from the point of view of someone who cares for the inmates/residents is refreshing, as it provides a new perspective. ” ‘It’s like eating Ready … Continue reading Medical Memoirs – Adam Kay, The Prison DR

Ruth Hogan – Author Overview

Ruth Hogan is the perfect author to be reading right now, during Covid-19 Lockdown as she shows the core goodness of people (which we are seeing in our key workers and friends), while not hiding from the harsh realities of the world. In Sally Red Shoes, a character called Alice struggles through a cancer diagnosis and treatment which is full of honestly and highlights human … Continue reading Ruth Hogan – Author Overview

John Green – Author Overview

Turtles All the Way Down is primarily about the difficulties and joys of long term friendship and it’s value when asking for forgiveness. It follows 16 year-old Aza Holmes and Daisy Ramirez best friends since elementary school, as they investigate the disappearance of billionaire Russell Pickett, for the $100,000 reward. ‘Felt myself slipping, but even that’s a metaphor. Descending, but that is, too. Can’t describe … Continue reading John Green – Author Overview

Historical fiction – WWI

Letters from Skye centres around Elspeth Dunn, a Scottish Poet who lives on the magical Isle of Skye with her family. After an unexpected fan letter and years of correspondence with Davey, an American ambulance driver on the western front. She must decide whether to follow her heart and leave the Inner Hebrides or continue waiting for her silent and distant husband, Iain to return … Continue reading Historical fiction – WWI

Malorie Blackman – Author Overview

Noughts & Crosses is an incredibly popular dystopian Young Adult series written by the fabulous Malorie Blackman, which has now been turned into a BBC One series due to air this month. It will feature Stormzy playing Kolawale, a character especially created for the series. Noughts & Crosses is the first novel in this racially segregated 21st century dystopia, where we are introduced to our … Continue reading Malorie Blackman – Author Overview

Nicholas Sparks – Author Overview

Nicholas Sparks is a multi-award winning author, whose best work has been turned into numerous popular movies. The Longest Ride is a multi-generational novel that follows two couples love-stories, that happen to be link by a car accident and a love for art. Ira Levinson met Ruth, a Jewish refugee from Vienna just before the outbreak of World War II. His service as a pilot … Continue reading Nicholas Sparks – Author Overview

Dorothy Koomson – Author Overview pt1

Marshmallows for breafast beautifully shows the importance of family and the fact that family is built around love and friendship, not blood. ‘No, you need my friendship and understanding and support.’ I didn’t want him here. I’d been fine all this time on my own, keeping my secret, coping on my own. ‘I want to be alone.’ ‘Don’t try and shut me out, Kendra, it’s … Continue reading Dorothy Koomson – Author Overview pt1

Kate Furnivall – Author Overview

The Liberation follows 21 year old, Caterina Lombardi’s struggle to prove her deceased father’s innocence when he is accused of treason by the Allied Army, at the end of the Second World War. Caterina’s pursuit of the truth will bring new friends into her life, the chaos of Cavaleri family and more danger than ever, especially when she ends up involved with the Italian Camorra. … Continue reading Kate Furnivall – Author Overview

Festive Novels – Romance

The crossing off of Halloween on the calender means it’s finally acceptable to get in the festive spirit although we restrain from putting up the christmas decorations until the first of December. Christmas at Lilac Cottage features Penny, a lonely ice carver who lives in the idyllic town of White Cliff Bay. When she advertises her empty annex at Lilac Cottage she pictures becoming friends … Continue reading Festive Novels – Romance