The Paris Bookseller by Kerri Maher⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠- Book Review

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Genre Historical Fiction The Plot It's 1919, and young Sylvia Beach moves to Paris, not knowing what to do with her life. When she befriends bookstore owner Adrienne Monnier and is introduced to the greatest artists of the time, she decides to open a bookshop herself. This is how Shakespeare and Company, the first English-language… Continue reading The Paris Bookseller by Kerri Maher⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠- Book Review

The Bookseller of Dachau by Shari J. Ryan⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠- Book Review

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Genre Historical Fiction The Plot This dual timeline book is set in Germany, during WW2, and in the recent past. In 2018, Grace Laurent learns that she has inherited a bookstore in the small town of Dachau and wonders how it is possible, given that her mother arrived from Germany in the 1940s as an… Continue reading The Bookseller of Dachau by Shari J. Ryan⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠- Book Review

The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont⁠ – Book Review

Genre Mystery The Plot ⁠The book is focused on the 11 days during which Agatha Christie went missing in 1926. It had been a difficult period for her, with her mother's death and her husband Archie leaving her for another woman. The narrator is a fictionalised version of Archie's mistress: Nan O'Dea. Despite their differences,… Continue reading The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont⁠ – Book Review

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker⁠⁠ ⁠⁠- Book Review

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Genre Greek Mythology - Retelling The Plot ⁠Briseis was the queen of one of Troy's neighbouring kingdoms. When Achilles sacks her city, she becomes his concubine, at least until Agamemnon, leader of the Greek forces, demands her for himself. Achilles, offended by this gesture, refuses to fight, and the Greeks begin to lose ground. While… Continue reading The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker⁠⁠ ⁠⁠- Book Review

📚 The Last Bookshop in London: A Novel of World War II by Madeline Martin ⁠

⁠💣 It's August 1939 and, while the world is getting ready for the war, Grace Bennett moves to London with her friend Viv. They've always dreamed of moving to the city, but the bunkers and blackout curtains were not what they expected. Also, Grace did not expect to end up working at Primrose Hill, a… Continue reading 📚 The Last Bookshop in London: A Novel of World War II by Madeline Martin ⁠

🔪 Murder at Mallowan Hall by Colleen Cambridge

This new historical mystery series is set in Mallowan Hall, the home of nonetheless Agatha Christie! When a dead body is found during a house party, it's up to the famous author's head of household, Phyllida Bright, a lover of Christie's Poirot, to investigate. ❤️ I liked:⁠👩 Phyllida Bright. She is probably one of my… Continue reading 🔪 Murder at Mallowan Hall by Colleen Cambridge

🎶 The Jazz Files⁠ by Fiona Veitch Smith⁠

⁠✍️ Poppy Denby is an aspiring journalist. It's 1920 when she decides to move to London to live with Aunt Dot, a former actress and suffragette. Thanks to her help, Poppy finally lands a job as an editorial assistant at the Daily Globe. Then, one of the other writers dies suddenly, and Poppy begins to… Continue reading 🎶 The Jazz Files⁠ by Fiona Veitch Smith⁠

💧 When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin D. Yalom

👓 In 19th-century Vienna, Josef Breuer, one of the founding fathers of psychoanalysis accepts to treat Friedrich Nietzsche on the brink of suicidal despair. He agrees to use his experimental "talking cure". What Breuer doesn't know is that their sessions will tame his demons as well. ♥️ I liked:⁠👨 Breuer's "talking cure". Breuer is asked… Continue reading 💧 When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin D. Yalom

✍️ The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

Esme’s father is one of the lexicographers working on the Oxford English Dictionary. As Esme gets older, she becomes involved both in his work and in women’s suffrage. This is why she starts collecting words that were not permitted in this very masculine dictionary: the ones used in everyday life, particularly by or about women,… Continue reading ✍️ The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams