If you've ever wanted to know more about the BOOKMARK book festival, then this is the interview for you!
During my time at BOOKMARK, I was lucky enough to interview Dean Nelson, investigative journalist, foreign corespondent and author of Jugaad Yatra: Exploring the Indian Art of Problem Solving. Jugaad translates to 'a flexible approach to problem-solving that uses limited resources in an innovative way' and throughout his book, Nelson investigates the way in which … Continue reading All about Jugaad Yatra with Dean Nelson
I caught up with Sarah Maine after her discussion of her latest novel Woman of the Dunes chaired by Magnus Linklater at the BOOKMARK Book Festival. Sarah is a researcher, lecturer and novelist who brings her passion and knowledge of archaeology into the stories that she writes. She is the author of The House Between … Continue reading Talking to Sarah Maine about 'Woman of the Dunes'
I caught up with Ali Smith after her BOOKMARK talk where she discussed her acclaimed Seasonal Quartet, chaired by Nicola Sturgeon. Ali is an author, playwright and journalist who's most recent novels include Autumn, Winter and Spring of her Seasonal Quartet. She is currently working on the final book of the quartet, Summer, which is … Continue reading The Seasons with Ali Smith
With BOOKMARK 2019 fast approaching I have another book review for you! The Polish Detective by Hania Allen is a crime fiction novel set in and around the city of Dundee. Published in 2018, the novel follows the story of Detective Sergeant Dania Gorska as she works to unravel the truth behind a series of … Continue reading The Polish Detective by Hania Allen
I am a big fan of anything Scottish legend and myth related, so when I found Sarah Maine's Woman of the Dunes among the books I was reviewing for BOOKMARK I was pretty excited. Woman of the Dunes is Maine's latest book, and its plot takes root in Scottish legend. Maine's book interweaves three different … Continue reading Sarah Maine’s Woman of the Dunes
I feel like I may be beginning to sound like the book addict I truly am, but like the novel I previously reviewed for the blog, Thunder Bay by Douglas Skelton, Spring by Ali Smith was un-put-downable. And this resulted in a bizarre need to carry the book on my person wherever I went, much … Continue reading Spring by Ali Smith
Books have the ability to make us laugh and cry and feel every emotion in-between. They have the ability to take us out of the mundane everyday into another world, regardless of whether that world is comprised of fact or fiction.
Each character encountered in Thunder Bay is at once familiar and real. Skelton has fleshed out every one with flaws and vices, making them more than just words on a page.
For a long time, I have maintained the 'fact' that I am not a fan of any other genre outside of Sci-Fi and Fantasy. BUT (and this is a big but) every time I have been given books to read and review for BOOKMARK I have been proven wrong.