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Book Review: The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 19th May 2019

When it comes to writing thrillers with dizzying plot twists Jeffery Deaver is second to none. He’s written more than 30 page-turning thrillers, sold more than 50 million books around the world and been translated into 25 languages. I’ve been a fan of Deaver’s writing for years. I was lucky enough to interview him six years ago and during the course of our conversation I discovered that while his clever ...keep reading

Book review: The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 3rd February 2019

Like most book reviewers I know, I have a towering pile of novels to read. But even though I valiantly try to work my way through them in the order they arrive I just can’t. There are some authors whose books go straight to the top of the heap. Why? Because I can’t wait a single second longer to read them. Jane Harper is a case in point. Her first ...keep reading

Book review: Don’t Turn Around

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Wednesday 30th January 2019

The boyfriend is back. And he’s coming for you… That’s the chilling blurb on the back of Amanda Brooke’s gripping new novel, Don’t Turn Around. This was the first of Brooke’s nine novels that I’ve read and while the subject matter of Don’t Turn Around is distressing the writing is so pacey that I read it in one sitting. It’s ten years since Jen’s bewitching teenage cousin Meg killed herself ...keep reading

Book review: Roar by Cecelia Ahern

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Wednesday 7th November 2018

I’ve been an admirer of Cecelia Ahern for years. She wrote her first novel, the bestselling PS, I Love You, at the tender age of 21, and in the intervening years she has published 14 more. In the process she’s sold 25 million books worldwide and has been published in more than 40 countries. Pretty impressive for a woman who’s still in her 30s. When I heard Ahern speak at ...keep reading

Book review: Mum in the Middle

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Saturday 13th October 2018

I’ve known Jane Wenham-Jones for years. A real life-enhancer, usually sporting rainbow-coloured hair, Jane writes novels, short stories and columns, interviews authors at literary events and often pops up on TV and radio too. It’s been a while since she wrote a novel though so I was eagerly anticipating her new book, Mum in the Middle. I’m pleased to report that it’s a cracker of a book, mainly because Jane ...keep reading

Book review: Sky’s the Limit

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Saturday 1st September 2018

Janie Millman and her husband Michael Wilson are two of the most life-enhancing people I know. I met them when Janie spoke about her sparkling first novel, Life’s a Drag, at the Purbeck Literary Festival two years ago and they were brilliant company. They regaled us with the story of how they’d bought an 18th century townhouse in south west France on a complete whim after spotting a picture in ...keep reading

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Tuesday 5th June 2018

Martha Gellhorn is an inspired subject for a novel. One of the most legendary war correspondents of the 20th century, she reported on every major conflict during that time, from the Spanish Civil War to Vietnam. At 81, an age when most people are ready to put their feet up, she covered the US invasion of Panama. I’ve always been fascinated by the intrepid Gellhorn’s story – and by her ...keep reading

The House of Hopes and Dreams by Trisha Ashley

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Monday 5th March 2018

Just in time for Mother’s Day comes Trisha Ashley’s entertaining new novel, The House of Hopes and Dreams. The Lancashire-born novelist has garnered plenty of plaudits over the years – Katie Fforde describes her as “one of the best writers around” while Carole Matthews praises her novels as “warmhearted and comforting”. The best thing about Ashley’s writing in my view is that she’s utterly original. She doesn’t follow the crowd, always ...keep reading

Book review: A Country Escape by Katie Fforde

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Tuesday 20th February 2018

February is the perfect month to read a new novel by Katie Fforde. The bestselling author of books like A Summer at Sea and A Secret Garden (out in paperback this month) has the rare knack of creating heartwarming scenarios and characters you really care about. I once said that her characters are the sort of people you want to be your new best friends – and they really are. ...keep reading

Book review: Still Me by Jojo Moyes

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Thursday 8th February 2018

Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You was such an extraordinary book that I couldn’t imagine how she’d ever write a follow-up. But then again, lead character Lou Clark was so immensely likeable that readers were desperate to find out how her life panned out after losing Will Traynor, the wheelchair bound city financier she cared for. So Jojo wrote a second novel about Lou, After You, and now there’s a third ...keep reading