Lockdown and loneliness

Bastard Covid-19’s prohibition of our habitual touchy-feely ways  –  on a sliding scale from jovial shoulder slaps with a favourite Co-op assistant (we’re pretty tight with the Co-op crew round our way) to warm embraces for family and friends – has reduced our emotional world to include only that which exists between our four brick…

Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth

Barry Unsworth’s 1992 Booker Prize-winning masterpiece is an epic tale centred on the mid-18th century journey of the Liverpool Merchant from Liverpool to Africa and the American colonies as part of the ‘triangular’ Atlantic slave trade, ‘the greatest commercial adventure the world had ever seen, changing the course of history, bringing death and degradation and…

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…