February book reviews

‘YOU HAVE SUCH A FEBRUARY FACE, SO FULL OF FROST, STORM AND CLOUDINESS’ – NAME THAT QUOTE*!

February can be a harsh month but to me it is the perfect time of year to hunker down with a warming drink, a slice of cake and a GOOD book. Do not forget that along with a treasure trove of books, we also have lots of new and exciting events being held in the shop and outside venues with some fantastic authors. JAN 29 GERALD SEYMOUR, FEB 6 DIANE SETTERFIELD, FEB 11 SARAH LANGFORD, FEB 12 SOPHIE KINSELLA, FEB 25 TRACEY THORN

*It has to be Shakespeare, but which play? Answer at the foot of the page

 

FEBRUARY BOOK REVIEWS

STACEY HALLS – THE FAMILIARS

The Familiars is based on real people and real events and tells the story of Fleetwood Shuttleworth who at 17 is the Mistress of Gawthorpe Hall and is pregnant for the fourth time (after 3 miscarriages).  She meets Alice Grey, a midwife who tells Fleetwood that she can help her deliver a healthy baby but then Alice is accused of being a witch and is facing a trial and almost certainly a death sentence. Fleetwood, while stifled by 17th century patriarchy, politics and the hysteria surrounding the witch trials, struggles to save Alice but ultimately the life of her unborn child. Reading The Familiars you are immersed in an historical time bubble and as a debut novel it is captivating and evocative.

 

RAYNOR WINN – THE SALT PATH

Imagine being evicted from your home after a former friend brings a court case against you and then you find out your husband is terminally ill, what would do? Raynor and her husband Moth decided to walk the Salt Path to Cornwall (over 600 miles).  This is a true story part travelogue and definitely part love story.  With little money and no possessions, they had literally nothing to lose “the walk” gave the couple a purpose. They had to face many difficulties, people they met were not always the kindest, but Raynor tells their story of courage, resilience, grief but ultimately of love with wit and poetic aplomb.

 

TED HUGHES – COLLECTED ANIMAL POEMS VOL 1, 2, 4 & 4

These animal poems for children b Ted Hughes were originally published in the 80s and now they have been re-issued with stunning new illustrations and I think the set would make a stunning and lasting heirloom gift for a child as the volumes range from young reader (vol 1) to young adult (vol 4).

The quote is from Much Ado About Nothing