At the moment, I am in a real book “pickle”. I have started to read about six books, but have not got very far through them I am struggling to concentrating on one book. I have so many books I want to read, but just cannot focus. I hope this improves with time. Anyway, enough of my grumbles here are a few books I have either purchased or have been kindly sent (I will clearly let you know which is which). I hope you enjoy.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace – Maureen Orth 

On 15 July 1997, Gianni Versace was shot dead on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion. Within hours, the police had identified his murderer as Andrew Cunanan, a serial killer on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.

At the time of Versace’s murder, award-winning journalist Maureen Orth was already investigating Cunanan’s killing spree for Vanity Fair. Drawing on over 400 interviews and thousands of pages of police reports, she reveals the story of what led Cunanan to become one of America’s most notorious serial killers, and how he managed to elude the police and FBI for so long.

About the Author

Maureen’s award-winning career begain as one of the first women writers at Newsweek. Currently a Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair, she has profiled everyone from Margaret Thatcher and Angela Merkel to Bruce Springsteen and Taylor Swift, and has researched and written groundbreaking pieces on Woody Allen and Michael Jackson, among others.

The Innocent Wife – Amy Lloyd 

You love him. You trust him. So why are you so scared?

Her obsession started eighteen years after the first documentary……As the story unfolded on screen everything else started to fade away. At the heart of it the boy, too young for the suit he wore in court, blue eyes blinking confused at the camera, alone and afraid. It hurt her to look at him….barely eighteen years old, alone on Death Row.

You’re in love with a man who’s serving time for a brutal murder on Florida’s Death Road. He’s the subject of a true-crime documentary that’s whipping up a frenzy online.

You’re convince he’s innocent, and you’re determined to prove it. You leave your old life behind.

Now, you’re married to him. And he’s free, his conviction overturned.

But is he so innocent after all?

How do you confront your husband when you don’t want to know the truth?

About the Author

Amy studied English and Creative Writing at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Her writing combines her fascination with true crime and her passion for fiction. The Innocent Wife is her first novel and was borne out of a course module in university. She lives in Cardiff with her partner and two cats.


This book was kindly sent to me.

Back Up – Paul Colize 

Berlin 1967: four members of the British rock band Pearl Harbor die at the same time but in separate locations. Inexplicably, the police conclude natural causes are to blame.

Brussels 2010: a homeless man is hit by a car outside Gare du Midi, leaving him with locked-in syndrome, only able to communicate (sometimes) by blinking.

Irish journalist, Michael Stern, starts to investigate. How did the members of Pearl Harbor die, and how is this linked to the homeless man in Brussels?

About the Author

Paul was born in Brussels in 1953. He is the author of  ten novels including Back Up, which was shortlisted for the Prix Victor-Rossel and the Prix Saint-Maur en Poche. He lives in Waterloo, Belgium.

This book is due to be released on 1 February 2018 and was kindly sent to me by Oneworld.

Darkest Hour – Anthony McCarten 

May 1940, Britain is at war, European democracies are falling rapidly and the public are unaware of this dangerous new world. Just days after his unlikely accession to the post of Prime Minister, Winston Churchill faces this horror – and a sceptical king and a party plotting against him. He wondershow he can capture the public mood, and does so, magnificently, before leading the country to victory. 

About the Author

Anthony is a celebrated New Zealand-born film-maker, novelist and playwright who now divides his time between London, Los Angeles and Munich. He recieved early international success with his play Ladies Night, which was translated into twelve uages. His screenplay for The Theory of Everything, which he wrote and produced, won a Bafta and  was nominated for an Oscar.

Why I Read The Serious Pleasure of Books – Wendy Lesser 

Wendy draws on a lifetime of pleasure reading and decates of editing to describe a life lived in and through literature. Wendy examines work from such perspectives as “Character and Plot”, “Novelty”, “Grandeur and Intimacy” and “Authority”, the reader will discover a definition of literature that is as broad as it is broad-minded. In addition to novels and stories, Wendy explores plays, poems and essays, along with mysteries, science fiction, and memoirs. Wendy’s passion for reading is infectious – and is resonates on every page. 

About the Author 

Wendy is the founder and editor of The Threepenny Review. She is the author of eight previous books of non-fiction and one novel. 

The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton 

There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed…..

On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives at a grand house in Amsterdam to begin her new life as the wife of wealthy merchant Johannes Brandt. Through curiously distant, he presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations ring eerily true.

As Nella uncovers uncovers the secrets of her new household she realises the escalating dangers they face. The miniaturist seems to hold their fate in her hands – but does she plan to save or destroy them?

About the Author

Jessie Burton was born in 1982. She studied at Oxford University and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and worked for nine years as an actress and a PA before The Miniaturist was published.

The Miniaturist is Jessie’s first novel. An international bestseller, it has been published around the world in over thirty languages. She has siince written a second bestselling novel, The Muse.


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