I am Heathcliff curated by Kate Mosse
This book was commissioned for Emily Brontё’s bicentenary year in 2018. Curated by Kate Mosse, the collection comprises 16 individual stories from modern day, highly talented authors. Each stand-alone chapter, inspired by Wuthering Heights, has shades of Cathy, Heathcliff, love and pain. There is an excellent contribution in the form of a murder mystery at a high school musical penned by crime writer Sophie Hannah, known internationally for the first new Hercule Poirot mysteries since Agatha Christie’s death. Published by The Borough Press an imprint of Harpercollins. Hardback £12.99
BY MARY QUICKE My Sister, MYSELF
Beginning in Budapest, this is certainly compelling reading. For those not familiar with this time in Hungarian history and politics, Jill deftly sets the scene and conveys the horror of the 1956 revolution as sisters Katalin and Marika flee their homeland.
Settling into life in England is far from easy for the girls with underlying family relationship problems and the fact their father is a wanted man. This is Jill’s fourth novel. Her writing room overlooks the River Dart. Published by Silverwood Books. Paperback £9.99
Mr Godley’s Phantom
One of the first books I reviewed for Devon Life was The Murdstone Trilogy. This was supposed to be Mal’s last – he died in 2015.
However, much to my delight, he had finished Mr Godley’s Phantom before he left us. It’s as brilliant as his others and so typical of Mal. Only he could meld a crime novel, a ghost story, a book about shell shock... oh bless you Mal for the pleasure you’ve given to readers worldwide.
For The Immortal
In the finale of the acclaimed Golden Apple trilogy, Emily triumphs in making mythology so readable and accessible.
In this book, Admete, daughter of the king of Tiryns, joins Hercules on one of his legendary twelve labours, and so begins one of the greatest heroic tales. An awardwinning classicist, Emily lives in Devon and is a Lecturer in Classics at the University of Exeter. She’s won multiple awards including the University of Cambridge Chancellor’s Medal (Mary Beard was her tutor). Published by Doubleday. Hardback £18.99