Lazy Sunday Catch Up on My Chestnut Reading Tree #NewVoices2019

I’ve had a lovely bookish week so though I would share it with everyone. I’ve had some lovely bookpost and attended an amazing event in Liverpool where I met up with some blogger friends old and new.

The weather has been cold and icy here this week but that didn’t stop me jumping on a train straight from work on Wednesday night to head over to Liverpool where I had been invited to the Headline #newvoices2019 event. Now if you live “up North” you’ll know what a big deal this was for us Northerners! Despite invites to events in London, I have never actually been able to attend one due to the huge financial cost involved plus the last train leaving ridiculously early to get home again! So I was thrilled to hear about this event!

As I don’t know Liverpool that well I was met at Lime Street Station by the lovely Emma who blogs at BookingGoodRead and we made our way to the venue together, having a lovely catch up on the way.

When we arrived it was a bit daunting but we were immediately put at ease by the team awaiting us and a much needed glass of wine! The evening was to celebrate six debut authors being published this year and their books were displayed beautifully for us to have a look at.

The authors were all introduced to us so they could tell us a little more about their books but then they mingled with the crowds so we all had chance to chat further about their books, writing journeys and what they are working on now. I really enjoyed meeting them and had some fascinating conversations that left me desperate to read their novels.

I thoroughly enjoyed the evening especially as I got to see one of my favourite blogger friends again-Jill, who blogs at Jill’s Book Cafe And I also met Lorna in real life for the very first time after a long online friendship! She blogs at On The Shelf Reviews.

And I can’t finish without mentioning….THE BOOKS!! I left with a copy of each of them (except I Never Said I Loved You by Rhik Samadder which isn’t available in proof copy yet) and had all of them signed as well!

I’m desperate to start them but may have to wait until the February half term holiday so I can give them the time that they deserve. If you get chance to check them out then you definitely need to!

The Girl In The Letter by Emily Gunnis

A heartbreaking letter. A girl locked away. A mystery to be solved.

1956. When Ivy Jenkins falls pregnant she is sent in disgrace to St Margaret’s, a dark, brooding house for unmarried mothers. Her baby is adopted against her will. Ivy will never leave.

Present day. Samantha Harper is a journalist desperate for a break. When she stumbles on a letter from the past, the contents shock and move her. The letter is from a young mother, begging to be rescued from St Margaret’s. Before it is too late. 
Sam is pulled into the tragic story and discovers a spate of unexplained deaths surrounding the woman and her child. With St Margaret’s set for demolition, Sam has only hours to piece together a sixty-year-old mystery before the truth, which lies disturbingly close to home, is lost for ever…

Read her letter. Remember her story…

Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce

Alison has it all. A doting husband, adorable daughter, and a career on the rise – she’s just been given her first murder case to defend. But all is never as it seems… 

Just one more night. Then I’ll end it. 

Alison drinks too much. She’s neglecting her family. And she’s having an affair with a colleague whose taste for pushing boundaries may be more than she can handle.

I did it. I killed him. I should be locked up. 

Alison’s client doesn’t deny that she stabbed her husband – she wants to plead guilty. And yet something about her story is deeply amiss. Saving this woman may be the first step to Alison saving herself.

I’m watching you. I know what you’re doing.

But someone knows Alison’s secrets. Someone who wants to make her pay for what she’s done, and who won’t stop until she’s lost everything….

Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff

Remember your Just-In-Cases. Beware Tall Buildings. Watch Your Six

Raised by her mother and Maeve on Slanbeg, an island off the west coast of Ireland, Orpen has a childhood of love and stories by the fireside. But the stories grow darker, and the training begins. Ireland has been devoured by a ravening menace known as the skrake, and though Slanbeg is safe for now, the women must always be ready to run, or to fight.

When Maeve is bitten, Orpen is faced with a dilemma: kill Maeve before her transformation is complete, or try to get help. So Orpen sets off, with Maeve in a wheelbarrow and her dog at her side, in the hope of finding other survivors, and a cure. It is a journey that will test Orpen to her limits, on which she will learn who she really is, who she really loves, and how to imagine a future in a world that ended before she was born.

Past Life by Dominic Nolan

Waking up beside the dead girl, she couldn’t remember anything.
Who she was. Who had taken her. How to escape.

Detective Abigail Boone has been missing for four days when she is finally found, confused and broken. Suffering retrograde amnesia, she is a stranger to her despairing husband and bewildered son.

Hopelessly lost in her own life, with no leads on her abduction, Boone’s only instinct is to revisit the case she was investigating when she vanished: the baffling disappearance of a young woman, Sarah Still.

Defying her family and the police, Boone obsessively follows a deadly trail to the darkest edges of human cruelty. But even if she finds Sarah, will Boone ever be the same again?

The Six Loves of Billy Binns by Richard Lumsden

THE SIX LOVES OF BILLY BINNS is a deeply moving and honest debut set in London against the backdrop of the changing 20th century. it is reading group fiction perfect for those who loved the quirky pathos of Gail Honeyman’s ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE and the humour of Rachel Joyce’s THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY

I remember my dreams but not where they start.
Further back, I recall some of yesterday and the day before that. Then everything goes into a haze.
Fragments of memories come looming back like red London buses in a pea-souper.
Time plays funny tricks these days.
I wait for the next memory. I wait and I wait.

At 117 years old, Billy Binns is the oldest man in Europe and he knows his time is almost up. But Billy has a final wish: he wants to remember what love feels like one last time. As he looks back at the relationships that have shaped his flawed life – and the events that shaped the century – he recalls a life full of hope, mistakes, heartbreak and, above all, love.


I had to leave the event a little early due to train times but I was thrilled to learn that Jill was on the same train home which meant we had time to have a good chat and put the world to rights. We also organised to meet up again with everyone for another event in Liverpool next month! So watch this space!

Have a good week everyone!

Jo xx

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

21 thoughts on “Lazy Sunday Catch Up on My Chestnut Reading Tree #NewVoices2019”

  1. This looked like such a good event. Bit far for me to travel but thanks to lovely bloggers like you I can still get a taste of what it was all about 😊 happy reading jo. I loved The Six Loves of Billy Binns. X

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