A Struggle for Fame by Charlotte Riddell

After the death of her mother and the loss of her family’s fortune, it falls to young Glen Westley to do what she can for herself and her ailing father. Determined to make her own way in the world, she moves from the West of Ireland to London and works tirelessly to succeed as a novelist, despite the limitations her sex and nationality represent. Having struggled … Continue reading A Struggle for Fame by Charlotte Riddell

This Week in Books: 16-03-2016

This week in books is a weekly meme hosted by Lipsy Lost and Found. It asks what you’ve read recently, what you’re currently reading and what’s at the top of your TBR pile. Taking on a World of Words runs something similar called WWW Wednesday. What I’ve Finished: This week I finished my second book for Reading Ireland Month – TransAtlantic by Colum McCann. What … Continue reading This Week in Books: 16-03-2016

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

One of the most passionate and heartfelt novels ever written, Wuthering Heights tells of the relationship between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, the orphan boy her father adopted and brought to Wuthering Heights when they were children. While Catherine forms a deep attachment to Heathcliff, her brother Hindley despises him as a rival. Heathcliff becomes torn between love for Catherine and the rage and humiliation he suffers. … Continue reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

This Week in Books: 02-03-2016

This week in books is a weekly meme hosted by Lipsy Lost and Found. It asks what you’ve read recently, what you’re currently reading and what’s at the top of your TBR pile. Taking on a World of Words runs something similar called WWW Wednesday. What I’ve Finished: I’ve actually made good progress this week, largely due to being off work sick. I completed Half a … Continue reading This Week in Books: 02-03-2016

What I’ll Be Reading for Begorrathon 2016

Reading Ireland Month aka Begorrathon (hosted by the wonderful Cathy at 746 Books and Niall at The Fluff is Raging) has begun, so I’ve been trying to decide what books I will read. After much deliberation I’ve decided on 5 books which have been sitting on my shelves for far too long. Transatlantic by Colum McCann This one has been sitting on shelf for far … Continue reading What I’ll Be Reading for Begorrathon 2016

Middlemarch by George Eliot

‘She did not know then that it was Love who had come to her briefly as in a dream before awaking, with the hues of morning on his wings – that it was Love to whom she was sobbing her farewell as his image was banished by the blameless rigour of irresistible day’. George Eliot’s most ambitious novel is a masterly evocation of diverse lives and … Continue reading Middlemarch by George Eliot

The Story of the Nutcracker by Alexander Dumas

‘How could you imagine, silly child, that this toy, which is made of cloth and wood, could possibly be alive?’ The nutcracker doll that mysterious Godfather Drosselmeyer gives to little Marie for Christmas is no ordinary toy. On Christmas Eve, at the clocks strike midnight, Marie watches as the Nutcracker and her entire cabinet of playthings come to life and boldly do battle against the … Continue reading The Story of the Nutcracker by Alexander Dumas