Thu 18 Apr 2013
I love to read and have since I was a child. My love of books is why I became a novelist in the first place. It has been a bit disappointing, then, to find that the more I write, the less I seem to read. When I do find time for a book, it is usually research for one of my novels. Between writing, research and my lovely-but-time-intensive young daughters, it has gotten to the point where I’m lucky if I read ten novels in a year.
No more! In an effort to force myself to read more, I have decided to start posting bi-weekly (that’s fortnightly, not twice a week) reviews of books I have read. Most reviews will be of historical fiction novels, although the occasional non-fiction book will creep in. I’ve started with a review of David Cowley’s non-fiction book, How We’d Talk if the English Had WON in 1066, which is a beginner’s guide to how English might have looked had William the Conqueror been instead William the Defeated. Upcoming reviews will include Tim Griggs’ Distant Thunder, Manda Scott’s The Art of War, and Jane Harlond’s The Chosen Man.