• Adult Book Reviews,  Modern Fiction

    Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart Review

    I was a bit late to the party when it comes to Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart. It’s a book that sat on my bookcase for a long time before I finally decided to read it. I think after seeing it discussed on Between The Covers and hearing how bleak it was, I felt I had to be in the right frame of mind before I began it. It’s been a hugely successful novel and has won multiple awards including the 2020 Booker Prize and Book of The Year at the British Book Awards. Not bad for a debut novel! Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart Review: Plot The book is…

  • Adult Book Reviews,  Modern Fiction

    The Coward by Jarred McGinnis Review

    The Coward is Jarred McGinnis’ debut novel, released in July 2021. It first made it onto my radar when it was announced as a pick on BBC’s Between The Covers. I wanted to read the book before I watched the episode where it was featured and I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from Netgalley. The Coward by Jarred McGinnis Review: Plot The Coward is part memoir, part fiction and follows Jarred, a man who has recently been in a car crash and is now adjusting to life as a wheelchair user. With nowhere else to go, Jarred is forced to return home to his father who he hasn’t…

  • Adult Book Reviews,  Modern Fiction

    Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason Review

    Sorrow and Bliss is the debut novel by Meg Mason, released in December 2020. It was a pick for the BBC Between The Covers tv programme and has received critical acclaim. Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason Review: Plot After ‘a bomb’ goes off inside her head when she was seventeen, Martha has struggled throughout her adult life. She is a talented writer and she has been loved by her husband Patrick for as long as he has known her. And yet as she turns 40, she realises she is friendless, losing her husband and facing career uncertainty. She suffers from bouts of depression and suspects there is something ‘wrong’…

  • Adult Book Reviews,  Modern Fiction

    A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara Review

    A Little Life is a hugely successful novel by Hanya Yanagihara. It was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2015 and is a million-copy bestseller. If I’m honest, it’s a book I’d been putting off reading. At 736 pages I knew it wasn’t going to be a quick read. I saw it discussed on Between The Covers as Nish Kumar spoke about it as a book that had made a lasting impression on him. My friend then told me it was the best book she’s ever read so I knew I had to see for myself what all the fuss was about.  A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara Review:…

  • Adult Book Reviews,  Modern Fiction

    A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman Review

    A Man Called Ove has been on my radar for a while as I’d heard such great things about it. All of Frederik Backman’s novels seem to receive great reviews. I read that it was going to be made into a film starring Tom Hanks so I knew I wanted to read it before I saw the film. I believe there’s also a 2015 Swedish film also based on the book. A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman Review: Plot Ove appears to be the grumpiest man in the world. He dislikes most things and believes himself to be surrounded by idiots. His neighbours are a particular source of annoyance…