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Book Review: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Inspired by a real doll house, built by the 17th century noblewoman Petronella Oortman and designed to reflect her own life, Jessie Burton has taken the idea and run with it to create a wonderfully atmospheric novel about a fictional heroine and her own doll house. The original can be seen in the Rijksmuseum in […]

Holiday Reads

Beach, plane, poolside, campsite – wherever your holiday travels take you, you’ll need a good book to get stuck into. Emma from Bookish in Crickhowell gives us her top picks for a good holiday read. The Great and Calamitous Tale of Johan Thoms By Ian Thornton The riveting story of a student whose life changes […]

Book Review: The Song of The Golden Hare

Emma from Bookish in Crickhowell gives us this month’s recommendation The Song of The Golden Hare Jackie Morris The boy knows his family is special; for centuries they have been guardians of the beautiful, magical Golden Hares, keeping them safe and secret from the rest of the world. So the boy and his sister watch […]

Book Review: Americanah

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s latest novel is a real treat. Ifemelu and Obinze are young Nigerian lovers. Both have dreams for a future away from Nigeria. Obinze has always been obsessed with everything American and this is where he is determined to go for his education and work. But he fails to get the desired US […]

Book Review: Life After Life

life after life

Emma from Bookish in Crickhowell gives us this month’s recommendation By Kate Atkinson £7.99 Black Swan A seemingly small event can change the direction of a life completely: a chance encounter with a stranger who harms you or a conversation that detains you which means you miss bumping into the person, a meeting with the […]

Book Review : The Cuckoo’s Calling

Robert Galbraith Sphere, £7.99 When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case. Strike is a war veteran – wounded both physically and psychologically – […]

Children’s Books

Emma from Bookish in Crickhowell gives us her top picks for children & teens Picture Books     Hattie Peck Emma Levey Join Hattie Peck on an adventure to find all of the lost eggs in the world. The perfect picture book, with a wonderful story and beautiful illustrations. Penguin in Peril Helen Hancocks With […]

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

When Don Tillman, professor of genetics, decides that it’s time for him to find a wife, there’s only one way for him to proceed; logically. Don compiles a questionnaire and endeavours to find a woman who might last more than one date. For Don Tillman is not your average guy – he’s firmly on the […]

The Ocean at the End of the Lane : by Neil Gaiman

Emma from Bookish in Crickhowell gives us this month’s recommendation Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable […]

The Foodie’s Essentials : Bookish Gastronomic Reading List

Emma from Bookish in Crickhowell gives us her recommended reading for our Food Special. The Silver Spoon One of the most influential and successful cookbooks in Italy. Originally published in 1950, it became an instant classic, selling over one million copies in eight editions. Considered to be essential in every household, it is still one […]