I love to read and have since I was a child. Â My love of books is why I became a novelist in the first place. Â It has been a bit disappointing, then, to find that the more I write, the less I seem to read. Â When I do find time for a book, it is usually research for one of my novels. Â 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! Â 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. Â Most reviews will be of historical fiction novels, although the occasional non-fiction book will creep in. Â I’ve started with a review of David Cowley’s non-fiction book,Â 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. Â Upcoming reviews will include Tim Griggs’Â Distant Thunder, Manda Scott’s The Art of War, andÂ Jane Harlond’sÂ The Chosen Man.