Transgender Awareness Week 2017

Hi guys! As I am a big supporter of trans rights, I would like to repost a few posts on this blog that deal with transgender issues, in order to promote Transgender Awareness Week this year. I wrote this post last year to celebrate and promote Transgender Awareness Week 2016, and as Transgender Awareness Week…

Review: ‘Crimson and Bone’ by Marina Fiorato

Blurb from GoodReads.com: London, 1853. Annie Stride is a beautiful, flame-haired young woman from the East End of London. She is also a whore. On a bleak January night Annie stands on Waterloo Bridge, watching the icy waters of the Thames writhe beneath her as she contemplates throwing herself in. At the last minute she’s…

Review: ‘The Somnambulist’ by Essie Fox

Blurb from GoodReads.com:  When seventeen-year old Phoebe Turner visits Wilton’s Music Hall to watch her Aunt Cissy performing on stage, she risks the wrath of her mother Maud who marches with the Hallelujah Army, campaigning for all London theatres to close. While there, Phoebe is drawn to a stranger, the enigmatic Nathaniel Samuels who heralds…

Review: ‘The Little Stranger’ by Sarah Waters

Blurb from GoodReads.com: One postwar summer in his home of rural Warwickshire, Dr. Faraday, the son of a maid who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country physician, is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once impressive and…

Review: ‘Sleep, Pale Sister’ by Joanne Harris

Blurb from GoodReads.com:  Sleep, Pale Sister is a hypnotically atmospheric story set in nineteenth century London. When artist Henry Chester sees delicate child beauty Effie, he makes her his favorite model and, before long, his bride. But Henry, volatile and repressed, is in love with an ideal. Passive, docile, and asexual, the woman he projects onto…

Review: ‘The Crimson Petal and the White’ by Michel Faber

Blurb from GoodReads: Sugar, 19, prostitute in Victorian London, yearns for a better life. From brutal brothel-keeper Mrs Castaway, she ascends in society. Affections of self-involved perfume magnate William Rackham soon smells like love. Her social rise attracts preening socialites, drunken journalists, untrustworthy servants, vile guttersnipes, and whores of all kinds. Review: This is a…

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! My special Halloween short story is BACK!!

  Hi there! New readers to this blog may not know that as well as being a blogger, I am also a published author- I am the author of two novels (and a collection of short stories) known as ‘The Breathing Ghosts’ Series, a dark vampire YA- and I am currently working on the third…

Review: ‘Tipping the Velvet’ by Sarah Waters

Blurb from GoodReads:  Nan King, an oyster girl, is captivated by the music hall phenomenon Kitty Butler, a male impersonator extraordinaire treading the boards in Canterbury. Through a friend at the box office, Nan manages to visit all her shows and finally meet her heroine. Soon after, she becomes Kitty’s dresser and the two head…

The Fairydust Book Blog’s Top 5 Books for Black History Month

As October is Black History Month in the UK, I thought I’d support and celebrate the ongoing legacy and value of black history by doing a list of my ‘top books’ for Black History Month. I hope you find them as inspirational, moving and rewarding as I do- there are so many amazing BAME writers…

The Fairydust Book Blog’s expanded and updated Top 8 Books for Halloween!

Hurrah, my favourite month of all the year has finally come around! October I heart you, with your mists and mellow fruitfulness, with your reruns of ‘Hocus Pocus’, with your Pumpkin-Spice-Latte mania (even though I don’t even drink PSLs any more,) with your crunchy golden leaves and your ghostly goings on (even though, um, in…

Review: ‘The Remedy’ by Michelle Lovric

Blurb from GoodReads.com:  In this darkly beautiful and hauntingly vivid novel, Michelle Lovric, acclaimed author of The Floating Book, embarks on an unforgettable journey through the winding alleys and shadowy streets of eighteenth-century Venice and London. With vibrant prose, she weaves together the stories of three disparate yet intertwined characters who find themselves embroiled in a…

Review: ‘Blood Canticle’ by Anne Rice

Blurb from GoodReads.com:  Lestat is back with a vengeance and in thrall to Rowan Mayfair. Both demon and angel, he is drawn to kill but tempted by goodness as he moves among the pantheon of Anne Rice’s unforgettable characters. Julien Mayfair, his tormentor; Rowan, witch and neurosurgeon, who attracts spirits to herself, casts spells on…