I have always loved reading. My mum taught me to read before I went to school and I read widely. Like many of you, Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl, and A.A Milne were particular favourites. There was a little mobile library which would come to the area of Watford where I lived on a Thursday afternoon and members were allowed to take 7 books out per week. I always took the full amount and read them all. In Yr 11 (or 5th Year as it was called then) my English teachers introduced me to Harper Lee and Shakespeare (I discovered Jackie Collins about the same time too). 😏For me, books were a way to escape everyday life and I enjoyed being transported to different worlds and hanging out with so many different characters. Still do. I’ll read anything- I would say my favourite authors are Patricia Cornwell, Harlen Coben, Lee Child but I also adore James Nally, SD Robertson, Alison Weir and J.K. Rowling. I am in awe of anyone who can make me laugh out loud or cry genuine tears through words.
A couple of years ago, I was recovering from an operation and my friend Natasha Harding, the editor of the Sun newspaper’s book column, sent me some books to read. A note attached said ‘If you want to, feel free to review them!’
And so it began. Through these reviews (and Twitter), I have been able to connect with so many authors and publishers and share my thoughts on their work but after two years, I no longer help out reviewing for the Sun.
Several people contacted me via twitter & email to ask if I was reviewing anywhere else & suggested a blog. So here it is. It’s a start, a bit rough around the edges at the moment but thanks for coming to have a look. Feel free to contact me-I’d love to hear your thoughts about the blog & if you’d like me to review your book then drop me an email!