The Song of Peterloo by Carolyn O’Brien

A peaceful protest at Manchester’s St Peter’s Field is brought to a bloody end by a deadly cavalry charge of sabre swinging yeomanry. The violent culmination to months of fulminating antipathy between the working and ruling classes ultimately becomes a watershed moment in the fight of the disenfranchised to have a voice and meaning to … Continue reading “The Song of Peterloo by Carolyn O’Brien”

The Geography of Friendship by Sally Piper

A dark shadow has been cast over the friendships of Lisa, Nicole and Samantha as they attempt to recreate a life changing Outback trek that has left a nightmarish imprint on their psyches. The inanimate austerity of rock and sand is occasionally lifted by the reflected light of the sea whose changing tides begin to mirror … Continue reading “The Geography of Friendship by Sally Piper”

The Key to Flambards by Linda Newbery

Imagine the Famous Five tweeting their thoughts for the day before rambling into the countryside in search of adventure and jolly japes. The Key to Flambards manages to depict this surreal fictional jump as the nostalgic undertones of Enid Blyton seep into the Facebook generation with every turn of the sepia tinted page. The green and pleasant land of … Continue reading “The Key to Flambards by Linda Newbery”

Fire On The Mountain by Jean McNeil

Standing as a metaphorical sentinel, a glowing mountain protects a post colonial African outpost from the 21st century and the cold wind of change it threatens to brings with it. Esteemed author Pieter is the physical presence in tune with the spirituality of his environment but the dreamer fears the nightmare of a disintegrating family … Continue reading “Fire On The Mountain by Jean McNeil”

Hotel on Shadow Lake by Daniela Tully

Nazi Germany provides the malevolent oxygen to a story of unrequited love, and lives tarnished by greed and loathing. The swastika becomes the symbol of social and familial disintegration as Martha Wiesberg sees her brother descend into a void of darkness. As the plot transcends the Atlantic the arch dictator’s controlling characteristics are reflected on … Continue reading “Hotel on Shadow Lake by Daniela Tully”