Years ago I was known for my movie reviews, but these days it’s all about the books, going back to my roots in book reviewing (my background is in archaeology, publishing and non-fiction reviewing). I bought a kindle donkeys ago or more and it rejuvenated my love for books and reading in whatever form. Now, though, I mostly read tree books. Here I can talk about them.
I have contributed regular features on historical fiction to the Sunday Express and I was one of the judges of the Historical Writers Association (HWA) Gold Crown for 2019 and 2017 and for the Debut Crown in 2015.
This blog includes reviews of advance copies and bought books. I live in a book nest. I have hundreds to read. This means that I can’t read everything I want to but I do my best. I read and review for a fun hobby and if I don’t enjoy a book, I won’t finish it or review it.
I prefer print copies but will occasionally review well-formatted kindle versions. I don’t read or review pdfs, except in exceptional cases.
I am a genre reader! This means that I read historical fiction (but not all periods of history), speculative and science fiction, apocalyptic thrillers, mystery and crime thrillers, political and spy thrillers, and horror (I do love a ghost story).
I don’t read romance (although there can be exceptions depending on the theme), epic fantasy, most ‘literary fiction’, books with gangsters and/or zombies, most non-fiction.
Please note! I only read self-published/indie authors that either I know or I have contacted myself. I NEVER read a self-published/independently-published book as a response to an unsolicited email.