Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi.

A narrative about the difficult relationship between a mother and her daughter. Themes of frustration and anger, sadness and loss. It was a typical Booker nomination- worthy and wordy. I listened to it- I wouldn’t have stayed with it had I been reading the book, but I quite liked driving and letting the words wash over me. It resonates with my relationship with my own mother:
‘…no way to baste her in guilt… she mostly can’t recall what I am talking about…’

My Name is Why by Lemn Sissay.

My Name Is Why by Lemn Sissay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This is Lemn Sissay’s memoirs of growing up in care. From the blurb it is about ‘neglect, misfortune and cruelty, but also hope, determination, triumph and creativity’.
Lemn was failed by the system, starting with his foster parents and ending with his final children’s home. It’s about everything that can be wrong about the care system.



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Lethal Keystrokes by John D. May.

Today I have the pleasure of introducing another guest post by author John D. May. As well as an author John is a programmer, medical doctor and singer. He is interested in the effects of technology in today’s world- how vastly different it is from that of twenty- thirty years ago. This was the reason behind his book Lethal Keystrokes.

Take it away John:

As a previous programmer at IBM, I know the vulnerability of the computer systems that we rely on every day. How well can our industries and governments protect us against digital saboteurs?

Lethal Keystrokes highlights America’s vulnerability to angry individuals with a driving desire to destroy it. While blending in with neighbors and friends, they plot against us, not only through traditional methods but even more frighting ones.

Lethal Keystrokes is a compelling look at America’s vulnerability to fanatics. It’s a contemporary thriller that you won’t be able to put down.” Anthony Furey Syndicated Columnist, National Post of Canada.

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The Fourth Age Shadow Wars: Assassins by David Pauly.

Today I am very pleased to have a guest post from David Pauly author of a fantasy series: The Fourth Age Shadow Wars.

The first book of the series is The Fourth Age Shadow Wars: Assassins– set in the land of Nostraterra, and features men, elves, and dwarves who have just ended a massive race war.

In the aftermath of the Great War, the land of Nostraterra lies in ruins. While the Elves, Dwarves and Men rebuild their kingdoms, a sinister plan has been set in motion: the assassination of Alfrahil, Crown Prince of Eldora.

As fire rains down within the city walls, young prince Alfrahil rides for his life and escapes. Braving unforeseen dangers, he is determined to unmask the conspirators and discover the truth.

Clues point towards Alfrahil’s brother, Prince Daerahil, and the scheming First Minister, Mergin. But who is really behind the conspiracy?

If you like fantasy fiction this looks like a great read. Thank you David for this tantalising taster to Assassins.

Milly x