A man spends a romantic evening with a beautiful woman, and thinks: “I’ll grab my binoculars and go into protective mode.” She thinks he’s Cape Fear and gets a restraining order.
Or does she?!
Continue reading A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell review – a stormy suspense
Single mum Laura is recently divorced. Faced with the reality of London house-hunting, she’s renting a granny flat as a stop gap. Her new, temporary digs happen to be in The Close, an exclusive development of McMansions.
Continue reading Queen Bee by Jane Fallon – another relatable heroine
The stiff upper lip is as much a part of the British stereotype as our tendency to drink tea and talk about the weather. With the 87-year-old Lady Glenconner’s ‘keep calm and carry on’ attitude, her hit memoir is not such a bad book pick during a pandemic.
Continue reading Lady in Waiting by Anne Tennant, Baroness Glenconner review
It’s “Stunde Null” – zero hour – for a defeated Germany following WWII. Sadly for audiences of The Aftermath, time stands still.
Continue reading The Aftermath – book vs Hollywood film review
Jane Fallon describes her work as chick noir. I’ve never read any of the non-noir variety, but this is my third Fallon, and I looked forward to another fab read with a happily-ever-after. Continue reading Tell Me a Secret by Jane Fallon review
While scuba diving on your dream honeymoon, you discover something sinister. Do you a) report it to the authorities b) speed away and pretend it didn’t happen, or c) get in way over your head?
Continue reading Something in the Water, future movie, Reese Witherspoon
The Shoebill is a prehistoric-looking bird that exists in the marshes of East Africa. Scientists know that these intensely private creatures rarely raise more than one chick; a second is insurance in case the older one doesn’t make it.
Continue reading Ma’am Darling by Craig Brown – Picasso wanted to marry Princess Margaret
Recently, I read “You Think It, I’ll Say It.” It’s a new book of short fiction by Curtis Sittenfeld, an author whose work often features adult women still seething at the injustices of high school.
Continue reading Netflix 13 Reasons Why – book vs show
Carrie Fisher once gave a cow tongue wrapped in a Tiffany box to a film producer who allegedly attacked her friend. My first thought was “poor cow”, and my second was “yep, that sounds like Fisher.”
Continue reading The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher – an opus to Harrison Ford
Earlier this year I read Lion, the true story of a little boy who survives the streets of Kolkata before being adopted by an Australian family. Years later, he tracks down his mother in rural India using Google Earth. It became a hit movie, which inspired me to get cracking with more novels destined to reach our screens!
Continue reading From page to screen: coming to cinemas soon?
In the summer, my cat makes me sit outside where I can’t get any WiFi. Apparently she is too scared to stay in the garden by herself, and just feels safer when I’m there.
Continue reading My Sweet Revenge by Jane Fallon book review
Passionate fans aren’t happy with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the new play that (we’re promised) concludes the story of The Boy Who Lived.
Continue reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – script review
Sisterland is a modern American tale about identical twin sisters with hidden gifts. Growing up in 80s St Louis with a hostile, depressed mother and an ineffectual father, Violet and Kate had eerie dreams and premonitions that they called their “senses”.
Continue reading Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld book review