Shiny New Books is a newly published book recommendations website run by a group of four wonderful book bloggers, Victoria, Harriet, Simon and Annabel.
I was really honoured to be asked to write some reviews for them!
I was given a choice of which paperback fiction review I wanted to do and I reached unhesitatingly for Almost English. I love Charlotte Mendelson. Daughters of Jerusalem is one of my favourite books. She specialises in the heart rending bordering on ridiculous zone where teenage adolescent angst lives, with the added benefit of understanding how life looks when you are an immigrant/outsider.
In non-fiction, I was assigned Music Night at the Apollo, a book I had never heard of by an author I had never heard of, but which I soon discovered to be extraordinary. The blurb is rather low-key – struggling writer/journalist drops out for a year and struggles with personal issues while living on a run down house boat.
This is also a book about an outsider, but this time an outsider who has moved between social classes and finds it difficult to work out where her place is. It’s intelligent and original. I haven’t read another book like it and I’d highly recommend it.
Please go and take a look at the new Summer Issue of Shiny New Books, where there are loads of fresh ideas as to what you should read next.