Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively

There are many reasons why a book stays on my TBR shelf for an age. With Moon Tiger, the reason was very simple – after my Nanny Turner died in April 2014, I just couldn’t face reading this story of an old woman reflecting on her life, especially one who had ‘grown old with the…

The History of Myddle by Richard Gough (1701)

This week’s random book of the week flavours social history with a Heat magazine vibe. So in 1701 this fella Richard Gough (1635-1723) compiled the history of every family which held a pew in the church at Myddle, a small village in Shropshire. On first appraisal, he is rather like Paul Whitehouse’s character on Harry…

Death On The Cherwell by Mavis Doriel Hay (1935)

On one level, I would describe Death On The Cherwell as a sort of grown-up Secret Seven. There are some strong Jolly Hockey Sticks vibes running through this tale of an Oxford college bursar dying in strange circumstances and the efforts of a group of female undergraduates to solve the mystery of her demise,  what…