Sometimes a book will come along that hypnotises you just so and holds you so much under its spell that when it comes time to even attempt to do it justice in a review that it becomes pretty much impossible to put into words just how bloody good it is and those superlatives that are known merely prove inadequate. Su Bristow’s Sealskin is one of those books.
Winner of 2013’s Exeter Novel Prize, Sealskin is based on the legend of the selkies – seals who can transform into people. More specifically the legend of a fisherman who, one night at full moon, witnessed nine seals who came to shore, took off their skins and became beautiful young women dancing on the beach. In Su Bristow’s novel that fisherman watches the women dance and, unable to contain himself, makes a terrible mistake. That mistake has ramifications for both him, the young…
West Midlands Valentine’s Book Signing & 1940’s Ball
On Saturday 4th February Maria Gibbs & I took part in a wonderful fun Book Signing Event in Telford. We shared a table as ‘Roses & Dreams’it was lovely to meet so many wonderful new authors and rekindle old friendships.
The Event was held HERE Saturday 4th February 2017
Casey’s Venues, Cordingley Hall, Telford, TF2 8JS
Here are a small selection of the photographs taken at the event.
Our next event is The ‘UK Indie Lit Fest 2017’ Bradford West Yorkshire
So those of you that may have visited my blog before will possibly remember my Rose Ratings for my book, theatre and movie reviews. I will use the same rating again. So here is how it works. Maximum is a 3 Rose Rating.
A 3 Rose Rating for me means a real page-turner of a book
Or something I really REALLY Loved
A 2 Rose Rating is something I enjoyed
A Single Rose Rating will usually mean it was OK, I got through it.
I do not like to give a review if I did not like something, I generally will simply say it was not for me.
I read this story after watching an Amazon Prime TV series ‘Z-The Beginning of Everything’ about the author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald the first flapper in the era of Jazz USA.
Not really a great fan of the classics I thought I might like to give this a try there were some wonderful lyrical passages but being set in the US in bygone days it was difficult at times to understand their ways. Below is one of my favourite passages when the main character Armory Blaine is walking in the moonlight with a new love the wild Eleanor.
‘One night they walked while the moon rose and poured a great burden of glory over the garden until it seemed fairy-land with Amory and Eleanor, dim phantasmal shapes, expressing eternal beauty in curious elfin love moods. Then they turned out of the moonlight into the trellised darkness of a vine-hung pagoda, where there were scents of plaintive as to be nearly musical.’
I give this a 2 rose rating for this reason.
If you are not familiar with this classic author as I was not, you might be interested to know that he was the author of ‘The Great Gatsby’ and also ‘Benjamin Button’
A First Edition copy of ‘The Great Gatsby’ sold in New York in recent years for an astounding amount of money a sum of almost £150,000. Below is the original cover.
I will give this authors work another viewing at some point in the future.
I have had this book on my kindle for a long time downloading it after meeting the author at a book signing event in Leominster, West Midlands UK.
Unfortunately being a big book lover I have downloaded lots after this and it got pushed down the list but I am so glad I found it again. Its aimed at young readers I would say around age 10 upwards. I am loving the fantasy and all the myths and legends surrounding the trees and ancient forests of Shropshire.
I keep breaking off to research the myths themselves. Very enjoyable.
This is a wonderful little teen read aimed at readers 10 – 17 years and the young at heart like myself.
Coco Franks wants to be in the popular group at school, she believes fashion and looking good are the only things she does well. Unlike her twin sister Charlie who is a few minutes older than Coco and is the clever and sporty one of the family.
Just as Coco’s dreams begin to come true her dad throws a spanner in the works by taking up his own life long dream of building a home for his family in the countryside.
This spells disaster for Coco and she gets into all sorts of hilarious scrapes and she longs to go back to her popular friends in the big city of Sydney. Being popular does not necessarily mean they are nice, something that Coco will learn in the future.
There is one thing about the move that cheers her up and that is making friends with a temperamental horse called ‘Cupcake’ can things ever change for the good, and will life improve for Coco Franks. Indeed will she actually find love in all those muddy puddles?
Check it out for yourself. I loved this story and give it a 3 rose rating.