Book Review: Mrs England by Stacey Halls

reviewed by Andrew Godsell. As a relaxed reader, it often takes me several weeks to read a book. Occasionally however, I am gripped; such was the case with Mrs England. The 424 pages were consumed in just nine days! It is one of the most atmospheric, and amazing, novels...

Greg Gilbert – artist, poet, musician and ‘butterfly collector’. A tribute to a life filled with art, music, wonder and love

by Sally Churchward. Artist, poet, musician, father, husband, son and friend, Greg Gilbert died from cancer on Thursday. As a local journalist, Sally Churchward followed his career – from being the lead singer of Southampton indie band Delays through his being an emerging and then celebrated artist and poet,...

Book Review: The Vanishing Encore by Carolyn Ruffles

Reviewed by Chris Richards. Carolyn Ruffles has done it again! The Vanishing Encore is a worthy addition to the romantic thriller genre. Not too heavy or taxing with the right balance of mystery, thrilling twists and romance with heart warming characterisation, desperation, desire, and gentle comedy. The protagonist, Lily...

Book review: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Reviewed by Andrew Godsell. Arundhati Roy (born 1961) became an international sensation with the publication of The God of Small Things, her debut novel, in 1997. The book won the Booker Prize, received rave media reviews (thirty of which, from various newspapers and magazines, are quoted in the copy before...

Book Review: Mum’s The Word by Lorraine Turnbull

reviewed by Chris Richards. Three generations of women eventually find love is unconditional through scandal, murder, and realising what they deserve in life. We are presented; five women, the men that surround them for better and worse, three murders, one scandalous affair, and a few STDs for good measure....

Book Review: Knocking On The Wall by Trevor Swistchew

reviewed by Chris Richards. Knocking on the Wall is the author’s recollections of childhood trauma, a lifetime of reactive, destructive behaviour, followed by reconciliation and reflection.  Peppered through the book are poems written in close regard of times in Trevor Swistchew’s life as he grew up in Scotland.  I...

Book Review: The Beasts They Turned Away by Ryan Dennis

reviewed by Chris Richards. For a book that’s a pretty standard length and steers widely around fantasy territory there is genuinely nothing standard about Ryan Dennis’s debut novel. The Beasts They Turned Away has a forensic insight with an intangible tractor beam of intrigue on every page. An aging...