Category: Book Reviews


The Salt of the Earth by Jozef Wittlin

As for the translation of the book, I’m not an expert but I think the name that sounds like “Semyon” or “Semion” would look much better written exactly this way, rather than simply transliterated as


Day of the Accident by Nuala Ellwood

It is real. Her emotions are genuine and raw. In thrillers it’s usually the story that grips you but in Day of the Accident it is also the main character’s voice and your wish for

The Familiars by Stacey Halls

The Familiars by Stacey Halls

Have things really changed much since then? General information How was it? The story is very gripping, it’s hard to put the book down. There’s lots of action going on. This is a story about


The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

I can’t think of any other book that explores friendship so deeply, and brings up such ideas about it. Books often focus on love. The Essex Serpent shows that there’s another type of relationship with


The Last by Hanna Jameson

I feel like the book is trying to make a statement that if people choose wrong leaders, or don’t speak up against wrong leaders, we will have a nuclear war. I would have loved it

Savidge Reads at the Man Booker Prize 2018

So I have been an absolute tinker and let the second half of the year whizz by and get much busier than I meant to. I didn’t even post about doing Cheltenham Literature Festival last

Eleven Years of Savidge Reads…

Eleven years ago today that I first pressed publish on a blog post here on Savidge Reads and look what has gone and happened since… So a huge, huge, HUGE thanks to all of you

The Parentations – Kate Mayfield

They aren’t even sure he’s still alive. They’d tossed around ideas about him so often and for so many years that they’d created a shared fantasy about the kind of man he might have become.

The Man Booker Prize 2018 Longlist

So the Man Booker Prize 2018 longlist has been announced. It has seemed strange in the last few years that I haven’t done a ‘guessing the longlist’ post or video, as since I started Savidge

West – Carys Davies

Granta, hardback, 2018, fiction, 160 pages, kindly sent by the publisher For a week he lay beneath his shelter and didn’t move. Everything was frozen, and when he couldn’t get his fire going he burned