Death and the Seaside by Alison Moore

Death and the Seaside Alison Moore

Death and the Seaside by Alison Moore, Salt, 2016

I’ve been a fan of Alison Moore’s work since I first read The Lighthouse back in 2012, admiring her sparse, taut prose that’s atmospheric and powerful. When I found out that Moore’s new book Death and the Seaside had been published, I ordered it immediately, eager to read more of her work. Continue reading


Review: He Wants – Alison Moore

He Wants Alison Moore review

He Wants – Alison Moore
Salt, 2014
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Alison Moore’s The Lighthouse is one of my favourite books, so when I heard that Moore’s new book would be published in August, I bought a copy of it as soon as I could.

He Wants is the deceptively simple story of Lewis, a retired RE teacher who has lived in the same village all his life, even though he’s long dreamed of living by the sea. His grown up daughter brings him soup every day, although he would prefer pizza or ‘the excellent beef Wellington he had in a restaurant once’. He wonders whether he should have chosen a more exciting subject to teach – perhaps chemistry instead of RE. A novel that expertly explores the themes of loneliness, regret, and missed opportunities, He Wants shows Lewis’ daily routine and habits disturbed when his childhood friend Sydney arrives. Continue reading

Rereading Books – Part 2

I’ve been a bit absent on the blog since my last post, but I spent a lovely week or so visiting family. It was great to spend time away from the internet and computers, and instead enjoy spending lots of time outdoors and catching up with family.

I didn’t even manage to get that much reading done. I started and finished Amy Sackville’s Orkney which is beautifully written, and I started Robert Galbraith’s The Cuckoo’s Calling which I just finished yesterday and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I’ve got a couple of reviews of books I finished before I was away to publish, but you can expect my thoughts on Orkney and The Cuckoo’s Calling in the not too distant future I hope.

Anyway, here’s part 2 of my Rereading Books post I published earlier! If you missed part 1, you can read that here. Continue reading