May Book Releases I’m looking forward to this month.

Poetry MELANCHOLIA by Wanda Deglane Vegetarian Alcoholic Press

Release Date May 11th 2021

I am very excited to read this, as Wanda Deglane is one of my favourite writers.

Poetry Odd as Fuck by Anne Walsh Donnelly Fly on the Wall Press

Release Date May 14th 2021

Anne Walsh Donnelly’s previous collection The Woman With an Owl Tattoo was one of my favorite reads last year and the follow up sounds like it’s going to be just as good.

Historical Fiction Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal Picador pre-order link (aff.link)

Release Date May 13th 2021

Elizabeth Macneal’s debut The Doll Factory was one of my favorite reads of 2019 and I’m also a sucker for historical fiction, so cannot wait to read this one.

Non-Fiction Fuck, I think I’m Dying: How I learned to Live with Panic by Claire Eastham Square Peg books Pre-order link (aff.link)

Release Date May 6th 2021

I loved Claire Eastham’s previous book We’re All Mad Here. I love the way she writes. Love her blog too.

My Thoughts on this fun & witty mystery – Death Around the Bend by T. E. Kinsey

Waterstones

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A romp, I think is fair, to describe the Lady Hardcastle mysteries. Aside from liking the setting, the era it is in, the characters, and the plots of the books, it is the dialogue which delights me. When I used to write my own stories, I was often praised by the people who read it how authentic my dialogue was (not that I am bragging) Couple that with my love of television sitcoms and film, I appreciate good dialogue. T. E. Kinsey’s dialogue, particularly between Florence Armstrong and Lady Hardcastle, is a joy because it has wit and speed.

Are these books going to be everyone’s cup of tea/coffee/squash etc? No. If you like a fast-paced book, this isn’t for you. But give it a go. I’m sure I said in *an other review, but that the protagonists are female in this series. That’s everything. I want to see Florence as a character on my TV screen.

*thought this sentence was broke until I realised that should be another


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Grim, Gripping and Excellent Story Telling. The Doll Factory by Elizabeth MacNeal.

The Doll Factory

By Elizabeth MacNeal

Pan MacMillan

Amazon // Waterstones //

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Silas is a loner, somebody who is a taxidermist. He is on the fringes of society of London in 1850.
Iris is a dissatisfied young woman who works for the horrible Mrs Salter, long hours painting the faces of china dolls at the doll emporium, alongside twin Rose. She is then given the opportunity to realise her dream and live a life she didn’t think was possible.
You also have the character of Albi, a child who introduces the two, and is involved as a go between the two.
It is a grim, bleak read. You can almost smell and feel the world between these pages, the descriptions were that good. You could say the build up was slow, but it’s so gripping in its story, the insights of Victorian life for women, the inequality, amid the backdrop of the Crystal Palace being built.
The ending was gripping. By then I was on the edge of my seat. I was almost on the floor. There’s a twist too, which I didn’t see coming and how the author could do that.

Not for those with a faint heart, The Doll Factory is grim, gripping, and excellent story telling. The Doll Factory had almost everything I love to read in a fiction novel.


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