Tag: Books: Review


Review: Belgravia

Posted 3 April, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Belgravia
By: Julian Fellowes
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

It is the evening of 15 June 1815, and the Duchess of Richmond has thrown a magnificent ball in Brussels for the Duke of Wellington. The guests include James and Anne Trenchard – who have made their money in trade – along with their beautiful daughter Sophia.

When the Trenchards move into the fashionable new area of Belgravia some twenty-five years later, they are surrounded by some of London society’s most influential families. But something happened that night of the ball, so long ago, that threatens their new status.

Because behind Belgravia’s magnificent doors is a world of secrets, gossip and intrigue.

I enjoyed Downton Abbey (before it got a bit ridiculous towards the end of its run) and the premise of this book sounded interesting–set at the even of the end of the Napoleonic Wars–so naturally I snatched it up. Of course, it would take me several years before I finaly got around to reading it, but anyway lol. Ended up blitzing through it recently, which was surprising given it’s quite a tome, so here we are (maybe I’m making up for lost time, who knows lol).

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Review: Fleabag

Posted 23 December, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Fleabag
By: Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Celebrate the incredible journey of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s outrageously funny, blazingly forthright Fleabag, from fringe theatre hit to international cultural phenomenon, in this special edition – featuring the original playscript, never-before-seen colour photos, and exclusive bonus content by Phoebe, director Vicky Jones and key members of the creative team.

In 2013, Fleabag made its debut as a one-woman show in sixty-seater venue the Big Belly, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s Underbelly. It was an immediate hit, going on to enjoy two runs at London’s Soho Theatre, national and international tours, whilst picking up prizes including Critics’ Circle, The Stage, Fringe First and two Off West End Theatre Awards, plus an Olivier Award nomination.

The 2016 TV adaptation propelled Fleabag and Phoebe to worldwide fame, earning critical acclaim and further accolades including Writers’ Guild, Royal Television Society and BAFTA Television Awards. A second series, nominated for eleven Emmys, followed in 2019, along with a sold-out run of the original play in New York.

This special edition was released alongside Fleabag’s first West End run at Wyndham’s Theatre, London. It is introduced by Deborah Frances-White, stand-up comedian, writer and host of The Guilty Feminist podcast.

Yup, picked up this book after watching the show a few months ago (which is brilliant btw, why didn’t I watch it sooner? Oh that’s right, I take forever getting around to watching stuff). I wanted to read what the original was like.

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Review: Transcription

Posted 25 October, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Transcription
By: Kate Atkinson
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

In 1940, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever.

Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence.

Picked this book up on a whim; I greatly enjoyed reading her books Life After Life (review) and A God in Ruins (review) and the premise of the novel sounded interesting.

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Review: Melmoth

Posted 23 October, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Melmoth
By: Sarah Perry
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

For centuries, the mysterious dark-robed figure has roamed the globe, searching for those whose complicity and cowardice have fed into the rapids of history’s darkest waters—and now, in Sarah Perry’s breathtaking follow-up to The Essex Serpent, it is heading in our direction.

It has been years since Helen Franklin left England. In Prague, working as a translator, she has found a home of sorts—or, at least, refuge. That changes when her friend Karel discovers a mysterious letter in the library, a strange confession and a curious warning that speaks of Melmoth the Witness, a dark legend found in obscure fairy tales and antique village lore. As such superstition has it, Melmoth travels through the ages, dooming those she persuades to join her to a damnation of timeless, itinerant solitude. To Helen it all seems the stuff of unenlightened fantasy.

But, unaware, as she wanders the cobblestone streets Helen is being watched. And then Karel disappears. . . .

I’ve seen Sarah Perry’s books around for the last few years but just never got around to picking them up. I ended up picking up this title because it was recommended in a list of recommendations on some website…I was in the mood for something Gothic, as well as a story about friendships, and look! it’s set in Prague, so I ended up picking up this book. Plus, look how gorgeous the book cover is! 😀

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Review: History. A Mess.

Posted 21 October, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

History. A Mess.
By: Sigrún Pálsdóttir, Lytton Smith (Translator)
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

While studying a seventeenth-century diary, the protagonist of History. A Mess. uncovers information about the first documented professional female artist. This discovery promises to change her academic career, and life in general . . . until she realizes that her “discovery” was the result of two pages stuck together. But she’s already reached the point of no return, and she goes to great lengths to hide her mistake—undermining her sanity in the process. A shifty, satirical novel that’s subtly funny and colorful, while also raising essential questions about truth, research, and the very nature of belief.

I picked up this book after a fellow book blogger featured it on his Instagram. It sounded interesting–the main character is a protagonist! The author is Icelandic!–so I snatched it up right away.

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