Book Review: The Plus One – Sophia Money-Coutts ***

The debut novel from a London journalist, The Plus One is a bit like eating candy floss when you know that you should be eating salad. It is a romp very much in the style of an early Jilly Cooper novel updated for the noughties. Polly works for a society magazine called Posh. (Think Heat…

Book Review: Do Not Disturb – Claire Douglas ****

As I waved my neighbours off to their holiday in Wales this morning it struck me that if you paid attention to this years crime fiction you would never set foot in the place. Far too dangerous! First off there was Mark Edwards’ The Retreat (check out my review on that one too) and now…

Book Review: Future Popes of Ireland – Darragh Martin ****

I do have a fondness for stories set in Eighties Ireland. A reminder of a pretty idyllic childhood. This story opens with the visit of Pope John Paul II to Ireland in 1979. A vast gathering of Mammies and their various offspring in Phoenix Park looking for that Papal blessing. Now that there has been…

Book Review: How to be Famous – Caitlin Moran *****

Over the past year I’ve been half expecting a big scandal to emerge in the music industry given the tales of sordid sexism and exploitation that have emerged from the film and television industries. Moran’s book “How to be Famous” addresses many of these themes. Described as semi-autobiographical fiction it is set in cocaine fuelled…

Book Review: The Date – Louise Jensen ****

Recently separated from her husband, Ali has been persuaded by her friends to sign up to a dating app. On Saturday night she had her first date. Its now Sunday morning. Waking up alone in the house that she shares with a friend Ali knows that something is terribly wrong. She is hurt, she can’t…