Podcast: A Selection of New and Old Books

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After some terrible football related jokes, Kate and Rob pick out a selection of books that have caught their eye. Continue reading “Podcast: A Selection of New and Old Books”

Shelf Help Review: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson

In 1985 Jeanette Winterson’s first novel, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, was published. It was Jeanette’s version of the story of a terraced house in Accrington, an adopted child, and the thwarted giantess Mrs Winterson. It was a cover story, a painful past written over and repainted. It was a story of survival.

This book is that story’s silent twin. It is full of hurt and humour and a fierce love of life. It is about the pursuit of happiness, about lessons in love, the search for a mother and a journey into madness and out again. It is generous, honest and true. Continue reading “Shelf Help Review: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson”

Review: The Daylight Gate, by Jeanette Winterson

daylight gateGood Friday 1612.
Pendle Hill.

A mysterious gathering of thirteen people is interrupted by a local magistrate.  Is it a witches’ Sabbat?
In Lancaster Castle, two notorious witches await trial and certain death, while the beautiful and wealthy Alice Nutter rides to their defence.
Elsewhere a starved child lurks.  And a Jesuit priest and former Gunpowder plotter makes his way from France to a place he believes will offer him sanctuary.
But will it?  And how can anyone be safe in Witch Country? Continue reading “Review: The Daylight Gate, by Jeanette Winterson”