Book Reviews

Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017 Shortlist

It’s here, it’s here! The shortlist comprises of: The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan.  If you aren’t mesmerised by the cover of this book – you need to be! The Dark Circle by Linda Grant – I am so glad this is shortlisted.  A fantastic book. Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo.  A deeply emotional…… Continue reading Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017 Shortlist

Monthly Wrap Ups

March Wrap Up

Here’s what has been happening on My Booking Great Blog this month! Book Reviews I’ve read some a mix of books this month.  Some great and some not so great: The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen is one of the most evocative short story collections I have ever read.  Pick this up! Conversely, Exit West by Moshin…… Continue reading March Wrap Up

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Book Review: The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill

Longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize For Fiction 2017 Longlist The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill is a different kind of love story. One full of passion, seduction, abuse, drugs, prostitution and…clowns. O’Neill’s protagonists – Pierrot and Rose – were both born in miraculous circumstances with one abandoned in the snow and the other still-born.…… Continue reading Book Review: The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill

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Book Review: The Dark Circle by Linda Grant 

It’s 1950 and two years into the newly formed NHS.  Gwendoline Downie Memorial Hospital for the Care of Chronic Cases of Tuberculosis originally reserved for the ‘middle class or better’ sees an onslaught of a new type of patient – a type which shakes up the establishment. Grant takes us through the latter decade of Tuberculoses’ (TB) hold on…… Continue reading Book Review: The Dark Circle by Linda Grant 

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Book Review: First Love by Gwendoline Riley

Longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize For Fiction 2017 First Love by Gwendoline Riley is one difficult read.  Not because it is a lengthy book or in fact because it is particularly complex but rather due to the subject matter the reader is plunged into. Don’t let the title fool you – this is not a gushing…… Continue reading Book Review: First Love by Gwendoline Riley

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Book Review: The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney

‘This, like so many of Ryan Cusack’s fuck-ups, begins with ecstasy’ and boom we are back in Ireland with Lisa McInerney’s most complex protagonist from her wonderfully absorbing first novel The Glorious Heresies – winner of last year’s Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. The Blood Miracles takes the reader along a gripping tale of love, betrayal, dirty deals and survival.…… Continue reading Book Review: The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney

Book Reviews · Jhalak Prize

Book Review: A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee

Shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize and winner of the Telegraph Harvill Secker crime writing competition A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee is one of those books you just can’t put down.  The first in a new series following the protagonist – Sam Wyndham – I fear I have stumbled across a new addictive series! Mukherjee’s protagonist, a…… Continue reading Book Review: A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee