The Child on Platform One – Gill Thompson

“Heartrending. Riveting.” – Sharon Maas “The characters and their moving stories will haunt you long after you finish the last page” – Shirley Dickson Inspired by the real-life escape of thousands of Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Europe on the “Kindertransport” trains to London. Prague 1939. Young mother Eva has a secret from her past. When…

The Curry Guy Veggie – Dan Toombs

Over 100 vegetarian Indian Restaurant classics and new dishes to make at home. Vegetarian food is popular all over India, and people are growing to love the fresh, spicy and sweet flavours of authentic Indian cooking here in the west too. This cookbook focusses on creating delicious veggie meals with little fuss. Dan Toombs, The…

The Doll Factory – Elizabeth Macneal

“Stunning” – Ian Rankin “Excellent … a remarkably strong debut” – The Times (Book of the Month) “Exquisite … authentic and suspenseful” – Woman and Home London, 1850. On a crowded street, the dollmaker Iris Whittle meets the artist Louis Frost. Louis is a Pre-Raphaelite painter who yearns to have his work displayed in the…

Ataxia?

October 2013. During a round-the-world by train journey, I started falling over for no apparent reason. My balance became so bad that I abandoned the journey midway (in Novosibirsk, Siberia) and returned to Scotland to find out what was causing the problem. March 2015. After 17 months of being poked and prodded by numerous doctors…

Seeking Eden – Beverley Harvey

“50 is the new 30 – haven’t you heard?” Or so says Ben Wilde’s record producer on the eve of his comeback. If only Ben could win back ex-girlfriend, Kate, he’d be a happy man. But married Kate has moved on, and moved out – to Eden Hill, a quiet housing estate in the suburbs….

A Dark Matter – Doug Johnstone

“A Dark Matter showcases a writer at the peak of his powers, except that with every book, Doug Johnstone just gets better” – Val McDermid “gripping, gritty and darkly funny as hell” – Erin Kelly “gripping and blackly humorous” – Observer Three generations of women from the Skelfs family take over the family funeral-home and PI…

Borneo 1998 – “Just going for a wee walk….”

I first attempted to chronicle this, frankly surreal, journey in 2008 – to mark the 10th anniversary of the journey. An account of the journey that I then planned to give to Robbie (my fellow hitchhiker/partner in crime) as a birthday present. However, I gave up that attempt at recording the journey after a few…

Surplus Supper: Spanish style potato omelette with summery greens.

The perfect way to use up eggs, potatoes, a lonely onion and something green. This weeks #SurplusSupper suggestion from FareShare is a Spanish style tortilla from Marcia Barrington. fareshare.org.uk/news-media/news/surplus-supper-marcia-barrington-shares-a-spanish-style-potato-omelette-with-summery-greens/

The Lockdown Boogie

To ease those Lockdown Blues, have a wee listen to the extremely talented David F. Ross (@dfr10 on Twitter) reading the whole of his first book: The Last Days of Disco. Dancing around handbags is optional. Produced by the equally-talented Into Creative (@intocreative on Twitter), the book has been divided into short episodes (10-15 mins…