All posts tagged: Charlotte Wood

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 book covers I like to look at.

It’s been f o r e v e r  since I did a Top Ten Tuesday post. This is mainly due to me being busy, but also I can never think of appropriate books for each category. But this week’s an easy one – it’s a freebie! Since moving house recently, I’ve set up (and filled) two big bookshelves, dragging out of boxes some books that I haven’t unpacked from a move I did about seven years ago. It was great to see all these books again, look at their covers, and remember how great or mediocre they were. So that was my inspiration for this post – 10 book covers I like to look at. Here they are in no particular order: The Secret Pilgrim by John le Carré. I’ll get my fangirling out of the way early in this post. The Secret Pilgrim is the last of a series of books featuring perhaps my favourite literary character, George Smiley. I don’t think the cover is really anything special in terms of being eye-catching and …

Book Review – ‘The Natural Way of Things’

Title: The Natural Way of Things Author: Charlotte Wood Genre: Literary Fiction Release Date: October 1st 2015 Rating: ★★★★★ “Two women awaken from a drugged sleep to find themselves imprisoned in a broken-down property in the middle of nowhere. Strangers to each other, they have no idea where they are or how they came to be there with eight other girls, forced to wear strange uniforms, their heads shaved, guarded by two inept yet vicious armed jailers and a ‘nurse’. The girls all have something in common, but what is it? What crime has brought them here from the city? Who is the mysterious security company responsible for this desolate place with its brutal rules, its total isolation from the contemporary world? Doing hard labour under a sweltering sun, the prisoners soon learn what links them: in each girl’s past is a sexual scandal with a powerful man. They pray for rescue — but when the food starts running out it becomes clear that the jailers have also become the jailed. The girls can only rescue themselves.” (Allen and Unwin) …

Teaser Tuesday – ‘The Natural Way of Things’

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share two sentences from that page. But make sure you don’t share any spoilers! When I first started hearing about The Natural Way of Things, I remember thinking to myself, ‘I have to read this’. That was about six months ago and my need to read it had not diminished by the time the publication date rolled around. I entered about a million competitions to win a copy, but won none of them, and in an effort to curb my spending I decided to reserve a copy at my library for when it came in. I thought I’d be waiting a while for one to become available, but I got one nearly straight away. I picked it up yesterday and started reading straight away. Three things have happened to me so far. One: I do not want to put this book down, and if …