The Fortune Hunter – Daisy Goodwin

Published: April 2014 Publisher: Headline Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance In 1875, Sisi, the Empress of Austria is the woman that every man desires and every woman envies. Beautiful, athletic and intelligent, Sisi has everything — except happiness. Bored of her life in the Hapsburg Court, and of  her too dutiful husband Franz Joseph, she comes to…

Regeneration – Pat Barker

“The road smelled of hot tar, moths flickered between the trees, and when at last, turning up the drive into Craiglockhart, he stopped and threw back his head, the stars burst on his upturned face like spray.” Published: 1991 Publisher: Penguin Genre: War Fiction Pat Barker’s first novel Regeneration focuses on Dr W. H Rivers,…

Toby’s Room – Pat Barker

“In the dimness his light famished pupils flared to twice their normal size, and forever afterwards, when she tried to recapture this moment, she remembered his eyes as black” Published: 2012 Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Genre: War Fiction Toby’s Room is the story of the death of a man: Toby Brooke, who is killed in the…

Underground: How the Tube Shaped London – David Bownes, Oliver Green & Sam Mullins

With the 150th anniversary of the London Underground fast approaching, this book is absolutely ideal for anyone who, like me, loves London and (although regularly complains about public transport) could not live without the Underground. I’ve always found the network of tunnels underneath London fascinating. There’s something both awe-inspiring and slightly terrifying about them. They…

Parade’s End – Ford Madox Ford

“…the band would play Land of Hope and Glory, and then the adjutant would say: There will be no more parades…. Don’t you see how symbolical it was—the band playing Land of Hope and Glory, and then the adjutant saying: There will be no more parades?…” ‘Parade’s End’ is actually made up of four single…