What a sad and neglected blog this has become. :( Alas, this is what happens when life gets in the way and life has been very lifey in the past few months. BUT I hope to get some more on the go here as soon as possible.
I will try.
Don’t forget about me!
Here’s clue 10 of the online #treasurehunt for Jane Alexander’s The Last Treasure Hunt…
English ladies abroad came here
For afternoon tea and culture
Banned by ‘The Duke’ from their favourite spot?
This must be war…
Hint: #Florence (just like my middle name!)
How the hunt works:
• Each clue refers to a landmark or iconic location in a film. The landmark/location is the answer – when you figure it out, make a note of it!
• (If you need a hand, check out the #treasurehunt hashtag on Twitter or Instagram for a hint to the landmark’s location…)
• Clues will be revealed by some fantastic book bloggers from March 26th until April 21st. Keep checking back on Jane Alexander’s dedicated treasure hunt page (janealexander.net/join-the-hunt) or on the #treasurehunt hashtag for links and new clues.
• When all the clues are revealed, the first letter of every answer will make an anagram. Solve the anagram and you have your final answer!
• Email this answer and all the landmarks you figured out to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30th to be entered into the prize draw. Two entrants will win a signed copy of The Last Treasure Hunt – and if you’ve guessed the most landmarks and locations, you’ll win a goodie bag and something special from Jane personally! On top of that you’ll get bragging rights on Twitter and we’ll publicly dub you queen/king sleuth.
• Good luck!
At the age of thirty, Campbell Johnstone is a failure. He’s stuck behind the bar of a shabby pub, watching from the sidelines while everyone else makes a success of their lives. The most visible is Eve Sadler, a childhood friend and rising Hollywood star. When Campbell tries to rekindle their relationship, he longs for the glitter of her success to rub off on him but a single shocking night changes everything, in ways he could never have predicted. When the dust settles, Cam’s life is transformed. The recognition he’d given up on is within reach but at what cost?
The Last Treasure Hunt explores our obsession with fame and celebrity with great intelligence and sly wit it’s a modern media morality tale with bite.
I have a feeling I may be approaching this particular title from a slightly different perspective to many of its readers. Set in the ’80s with a thoroughly ’80s soundtrack The Last Days of Disco is a jaunt down musical memory lane for many who loved and loathed the era; discos, Thatcher and all. Being born in 1990 myself I don’t have the first hand experience to appreciate the references quite as much as others will but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the book in the slightest. Continue reading
Last year I read 34 books. This year, a measly 17. (I’m not counting Saraband books, which would probably bump it up to 25 or so, but I feel I can’t count them, conflict of interests and all that) Oh well. I tried. So here’s them annual flash reviews! Continue reading
Goddamn you, Anneliese. Goddamn your skills. You’ve interweaved numerous ‘short stories’ into such a slick narrative that I’m currently questioning the very genre of short stories.
I’ve never read anything quite like this.
It’s that time of year again when I look back at what I read in 2014 and bleat on about the top 5. I really read a pitiful amount this year but luckily of the few I read, most were remarkable. And I am delighted to observe that 4/5 of the authors are women.
In no particular order… Continue reading
Merry Christmas/happy holidays/new year/blah blah jovial wishes etc. Hope y’all had a good one. Just dropping by to share a lovely literary discovery I made through a gift from mother dearest. The Quince Tree Press.
The Quince Tree Press are a small press of pocket books, dictionaries and novels by JL Carr. The pocket books are all out of copyright, 16-page tiny treats of bite-sized wonders. Continue reading