A Manual For Heartache- Book review: Guiding light in dark times


A Manual For Heartache by Cathy Rentzenbrink Picador, £10  It took eight years and a gruelling legal battle before Matty was allowed to die. Cathy documented her struggle to come to terms with his death in her bestselling, award-winning memoir The Last Act Of Love. Since that devastating day in 1990 Rentzenbrink has walked a long, hard, unpredictable More...

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By admin On Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Harry Potter SHOCK: Major study says most British people would be sorted into THIS house

JK Rowling’s first book in the series – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – came out on June 26, 1997. Now, a huge new YouGov study of 2,077 British adults has discovered which Hogwarts More...

By admin On Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Grenfell Tower: Philip Pullman set to name new book character after fire victim

The 70-year-old author is part of Authors for Grenfell Tower who are raising money for victims of the tragedy with an online auction. Pullman’s item is for the highest bidder to name a character in The Book More...

By admin On Monday, June 26th, 2017

Fiction: Just Dance by Rowan Coleman

“If you don’t stop looking at that thing, your neck will get stuck in that position,” Claudia told her grandson as he slouched in her best armchair. “Sit up, Jamie, you look like a…” The appropriate More...

By admin On Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Defectors, Persons Unknown and more: Crime thriller reviews

PH Defectors by Joseph Kanon (Simon & Schuster, £14.99) If you think you’ve read enough books about this era, give this brilliant American novelist a try. He makes an old conflict feel More...

By admin On Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Bill Oddie: My six best books – Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School and more

BILLY BUNTER OF GREYFRIARS SCHOOL by Frank Richards Out of print This is the sort of book you couldn’t do now because it’s so non-PC: people are cajoled for being fat, lazy and foreign. But it had a wonderful More...

By admin On Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Believe Me by Eddie Izzard: Book review

Believe Me by Eddie Izzard, Michael Joseph, £20 So does the revered comic actor, marathon runner, Labour supporter and champion of alternative sexuality raise the curtain on the rest of his rather fantastic More...

By admin On Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Book reviews: Collecting The World, Post-Truth and more

PH Collecting The World: The Life And Curiosity Of Hans Sloane Collecting The World: The Life And Curiosity Of Hans Sloane HHHH by James Delbourgo Allen Lane, £25  As this meticulously researched More...

By admin On Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Game of Thrones news: George RR Martin gives UPDATE on Winds Of Winter book

Patience among his followers has been wearing thin after the TV series overtook the books upon which it is based, and Martin bemoaned the fact that the updates he does give are “never enough”. “I do More...

By admin On Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Short story: A Piano at St Pancras by Juliet West

I’m playing my morning Prokofiev, a piece called Procession Of The Grasshoppers, when a man leans over the piano and puts his mouth close to my ear. “It’s F sharp,” he says. My fingers freeze and so More...