Wednesday, April 24, 2013

In The Postbox

It's been a while since I posted up photos of books I have recently received and in the last few weeks I have received quite a few especially since becoming books editor for So here are a few of the lovely things that came in the post.
I was lucky enough to win these two lovely books Black Diamond by Jennifer Loiske is a YA fantasy which I won from a fab website which features great reviews, interviews and giveaways. The Perfume Garden by Kate Lord Brown has a gorgeous cover with a shiny embossed title which I couldn't stop looking at, this photo doesn't do it justice and I won this from which is the website for women's fiction whether you love to read it or you want to write it. I am looking forward to reading both of them but in particular The Perfume Garden as the plot sounds like a Kate Morton or Victoria Hislop so it's perfect for me. It'll be some time before I can indulge though as I have a number of books to review.
The next book I'll be reading is this one After Flodden by Rosemary Goring which I am reviewing for its set in Sixteenth Century Scotland and I can't wait to get stuck in.
After that I have an appointment with some medieval assassin nuns, that's right it's the second book in Robin LaFevers wonderful His Fair Assassin series and Anderson Press have kindly sent me a debut YA novel which they are publishing this May which they are billing as a cross between Chaos Walking and Stand by Me so that sounds irresistible.

Having seen the author's whirlwind tour of Britain and Ireland in which she managed to do interviews with BBC Breakfast, Ireland AM, RTE Radio 1 and Newstalk and sign books for Eason and Dubray I was intrigued by this title which is a fictional examination of the treatment of Mary Mallon known in popular history as "Typhoid Mary" who was locked away for carrying the deadly fever. Mary Beth Keane has been named by America's National Book Foundation as one of the "5 under 35" so hers is a career to watch. Thanks to Gill Hess for sending this out to me.
Some more lovely historical fiction has arrived from the lovely Frances and Madeleine at Little Brown The Painter's Apprentice by Charlotte Betts. The author's first novel The Apothecary's Daughter won the Historical Romantic Novel category of The RNA awards in February that book is still in TBR pile but I will read both of them soon I promise. Also a proof of the new Elizabeth Chadwick The Summer Queen is the first in a trilogy about Eleanor of Aquitaine I have been a fan of Elizabeth's for a long time so it's exciting to read this as publication is not until June.

Here are some gorgeous kids books which I shall be reviewing shortly. I have reviewed Dolores Keaveney before and she was kind enough to send me her most recent books. I love her vivid , exuberant style. Poolbeg have sent me The Salmon of Knowledge from their In a Nutshell collection and lastly The History Press have sent the adorable Dolls' Hospital Diaries a gorgeous book full of photos which I can't wait to tell you about and which my eight year old daughter is loving. 

Next up some great Irish fiction and poetry. My Father's House by Bethany Dawson is published by Liberties Press a great Irish publisher who publish the very talented Joe Murphy and I am looking forward to finding out more about this one while Love is the Easy Bit is also a debut from Mary Grehan. Penguin Ireland kindly sent this out and as it deals with the motherhood and post natal depression it is a story I am bound to connect with. Dedalus Press have sent me The Bee Loud Glade and anthology of Irish poetry on CD and Máighréad Medbh's Savage Solitude which i am finding fascinating. 
This pile is a mixture of books that were sent to me to review on the blog, that I picked up at work in Waterstones and that I bought myself. If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch was kindly sent to me by Nina at Indigo/Orion and is a YA debut publishing in May. Dead Silence also YA and publishing tomorrow was sent by the lovely Sam at Headline. The Hidden Gift by Ian Somers was sent by Clare from O'Brien Press and Calling me Home by Julie Kibler is a book I'm very excited about it was sent to by Sophie Orme at Pan Macmillan. I am aslo delighted to have been sent The Rook by Daniel O'Malley and Penelope by Rebecca Harrington. I also hope to read How to be a Good Wife, Tigers in Red Weather and Ten things I've Learned about Love asap.

That's about it for now but do stay tuned for new reviews and giveaways coming soon.


  1. Wow, I'm impressed, that is a fantastic selection. I'm looking forward to reading If You Find Me Too, it sounds good. Happy reading, you are going to be very busy! Enjoy :-)

  2. I will be swamped I may have to close to new review requests for a few months which I hate doing. I also got a new book this morning, Pat Nolan's Cold Water and Stone a YA Fantasy.