Monthly Roundup – February 2020

It feels as though the whole of February has been wet and stormy. In recent weeks, every time I venture out for a walk, run or bike ride, I return home cold, damp and muddy. Daffodils are growing in my garden so spring is on its way. I am hoping we do not have to endure snow before the warming sun returns.

I had my big children visiting on two weekends this month so, as a family, we had all the excuse we need to eat out together. This weekend I am in London catching up with my daughter. I continue to take part in weekly Parkruns and hope to complete the Fulham Palace event while in the capital. A dry course would be most welcome.

February saw my return to adding literary event write-ups to my blog. I also featured an author interview in preparation for another event I plan to attend. We will have to see if my impetus to book tickets and travel to such entertainments continues further into the year.

I posted reviews of nine books this month: five novels (one translated), two short story collections, and two works of non-fiction. These proved quite a mix of positive and negative. As I would never pick up a book to read that I did not expect to enjoy, there were a few disappointments.

Click on the cover below to learn more about each book. Click on the title to read my review.


Two fine novels that I recommend you read 

The Temple House Vanishing by Rachel Donohue, published by Corvus
How Pale the Winter Has Made Us by Adam Scovell, published by Influx Press


A crime fiction tome that wasn’t for me, and a novelette that fully satisfied in under seventy pages

Bury Them Deep by James Oswald, published by Wildfire
One Thing by Xanthi Barker, published by Open Pen


Five star translated fiction

Snow, Dog, Foot by Claudio Morandini (translated by J. Ockenden), publishe by Peirene Press


Well written short story collections, although one didn’t quite resonate

Escape Routes by Naomi Ishiguro, published by Tinder Press
Exercises in Control by Annabel Banks, published by Influx Press


Non-fiction worth reading – loved one cover, found other off-putting

Under the Stars: A Journey into Light by Matt Gaw, published by Elliott and Thompson
Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia by Tracey Thorn, published by Canongate


An interview I very much enjoyed doing

Author interview: Venetia Welby


Write-ups of my first two literary events this year

Cornerstone 2020 New Writing Showcase in Bristol
Naomi Ishiguro in Bath


Sourcing the books I read

This month publishers generously provided me with a bumper thirteen new titles to consider.

I purchased a further six books to add to my TBR pile.

As ever I wish to thank all the publishers who send me their titles to review – the arrival of a book parcel remains a cheering event in my day.

My thanks also to those who share my words across their social media platforms. Your continuing support is always appreciated.


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