Monthly Archives: October 2012

Some Good News

So, I said in the previous post that I’d tell you what I’ve been caught up in.

Well, while I’m tempted to spin you a tale of being unexpectedly whisked across the world on some amazing adventure Indiana Jones style, or perhaps a saga of being utterly wrapped up in the joys of my book and how I’ve almost finished the first draft I think the truth will have to suffice. Continue reading

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Any One Book #12

Okay, firstly I’m REALLY sorry that this month’s Any One Book has come to you late. It was a mixture of my Internet going down and getting caught up in exciting stuff (which I will bring to you in a different post).

Any way Any One Book fans, I’ll not leave you in suspense any longer. Today I bring to you book number 13, which means we have completed our first year of it!  Continue reading


Any One Book: The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

As soon as I heard this book was coming out I was always going to review it and I was always going to start that review by saying I would forget about Harry Potter and review it without the boy wizard in mind.

Except, I don’t need to. I don’t need to forget that J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter in  order to give this book a fair review because in all honesty (and let’s be honest, relief) this novel stands on its own two feet.

I know that a lot of people aren’t clear on the details of the book because not much was released until recently but it truly is an adult novel. It features drugs, rape, domestic abuse, prostitution, self-harming, racism, mental illness and is also full to the brim of arrogant and spiteful characters.

It’s set in the idyllic location of Pagford, nestled in the countryside overlooked by a ruined abbey and bordered by a river. It neighbours Yarvil which all the teenagers love and the elderly dislike. It starts with the death of Pagford Parish councillor Barry Fairbrother whose untimely demise leaves a gaping hole in the small town, and whether the locals know it or not, they are being drawn into the chaos that resides within. Continue reading