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Book Review: Queen’s Gambit (Paperback)

Queen's Gambit

by Elizabeth Fremantle
Penguin, 2014
476 pages
Eye reading, 13 days

★★★☆☆

I picked up this book in a closing sale at WH Smith for about £3! I’m always looking for a bargain and this book certainly seemed to be that! This is another era of history I have been interested in from afar but never studied myself.  Read the rest of this entry

Book Review: Red Rose, White Rose (Paperback)

Red Rose

by Joanna Hickson
Harper, 2014
400 pages
Eye reading, 9 days

★★★★★

I read this book back in February this year. It has remained one of my favourite books of the year which I often think back to wishing I was reading it again. I picked it up in a 2 for £7.98 (or whatever the offer they have at Tesco) as I thought the description on the back of the book sounded interesting. I had little knowledge of the War of the Roses, so this really was a good introduction (from a fictional perspective). It was my first historical fiction book so any comparisons to other authors (as I’ve seen in other reviews of this book) really went over my head. Read the rest of this entry

Book Review: Colliery Kids (Ebook Edition)

Colliery Kids

by Arthur Williams
Smashwords Edition, 2012
88 pages
Eye reading, 1-2 hours

★☆☆☆☆

They say “never judge a book by its cover” but I would like to add to this, “never judge a book by its title”.

I am a big fan of free ebooks! It means that I can check out authors I’ve never read before and find books I’d never heard of before. Colliery Kids was one such free ebook that I thought sounded interesting from its title and from the books’ description.

“Kevin and Robbie two young boys growing up in a small Northumberland mining village as their Mother struggles to make ends meet.” – Goodreads

Coming from a mining background myself, I thought this short book would be an interesting insight into the life of colliery workers’ children growing up in the 1950s in England. However, I was hugely disappointed by the book which had huge potential.  Read the rest of this entry

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