Title: One Day I’ll Tell You Everything

Author: Emmanuelle Pagano

Pages: 256 Pages

Publisher: Text Publishing

The Blurb 

After ten years away, Adèle has returned to drive the school bus in the village in the Ardèche mountains where she grew up. Her body has undergone seismic transformations, just like the landscape around her. No one recognises her. But when a snowstorm strands the bus on a mountainside, Adèle and her passengers take shelter in a cave, and the secrets begin to emerge.

One Day I’ll Tell You Everything is the haunting story of two siblings—a younger brother and his older sister, who used to be his brother.

Translated by Penny Hueston

The Review

One Day I’ll Tell You Everything is a curious little story about a trans woman called Adele and how she tries to keep the details of her transition secret in the small mountainous town that she lives in.

With a quick sum up of the story you can understand why I was curious to read it. I was sold on the premise but the delivery was all a bit wonky for me. The main action of the book took place in the final 20% of the book. Whereas if the author had spaced it out and flashed backwards and forwards throughout then the tension of the story would have built more evenly rather than slow slow slow slow slow fast fast the end. 

I did like how the author used the metaphor of being trapped as similar to Adele’s situation. That was cleverly done. However, the overall power of the book was lost because of the strange pacing.

One Day I’ll Tell You Everything by Emmanuelle Pagano is available 24th September 2020.

For more information regarding Text Publishing (@text_publishing) please visit www.textpublishing.co.au.

Title: Dishonesty is the Second Best Policy – and Other Rules to Live By

Author: David Mitchell

Pages: 336 Pages

Publisher: Guardian Faber Publishing

The Blurb

David Mitchell’s 2014 bestseller Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse must really have made people think – because everything’s got worse.

We’ve gone from UKIP surge to Brexit shambles, from horsemeat in lasagne to Donald Trump in the White House, from Woolworths going under to all the other shops going under. It’s probably socially irresponsible even to attempt to cheer up.

But if you’re determined to give it a go, you might enjoy this eclectic collection (or eclection) of David Mitchell’s attempts to make light of all that darkness. Scampi, politics, the Olympics, terrorism, exercise, rude street names, inheritance tax, salad cream, proportional representation and farts are all touched upon by Mitchell’s unremitting laser of chit-chat, as he negotiates a path between the commercialisation of Christmas and the true spirit of Halloween. Read this book and slightly change your life!

(Goodreads Blurb)

The Review

A fantastic collection of David Mitchell’s articles. I think David Mitchell is hilarious. I wish I could just converse with him about random things and then marvel at his passionate diatribes that I know would follow. I know I would spend my time in his company holding my sides from laughing so much.

In his book Dishonesty is the Second Best Policy we look at more current events that are provoking a response from David Mitchell such as Brexit. His witty take on the world does take you on a journey and one of the best thing about David Mitchell’s moans is his ability to go all around the world to get back to his main point.

I really wish that Dishonesty is the Second Best Policy had come out post quarantine days as I would love to hear David Mitchell’s take on this whole debacle.

Dishonesty is the Second Best Policy – and Other Rules to Live By by David Mitchell is available now.

For more information regarding David Mitchell (@RealDMitchell) please visit www.davidmitchellpreorder.com.

Title: We Were Liars

Author: E Lockhart

Pages: 242 Pages

Publisher: Hot Key Books

The Blurb

A beautiful and distinguished family.

A private island.

A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.

A group of four friends – the Liars – whose friendship turns destructive.

A revolution. An accident. A secret.

Lies upon lies.

True love.

The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times best selling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honouree E. Lockhart.

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

(Goodreads Blurb)

The Review

We Were Liars is the haunting story of Cadence Sinclair and the legacy of the Sinclair family.

The Sinclair’s go to their private island every summer but when an accident happens, Cadence is deeply affected by it. She can’t think about it, and others refuse to talk to her about it. She has been told by the doctors that it is best to let the memories come back slowly. After a trauma of this magnitude she needs to figure it out herself. Cadence is medicated and struggles day to day but being on the island makes her more determined to figure out the truth and slowly but surely the events of the past come stumbling back to her.

We Were Liars is a brilliantly written novel. It is intriguing and can genuinely be described as a real page turner. Lockhart has created an eery atmosphere which is perfect for the unraveling of this mystery. The isolation of the island reflects the isolation of Cadence Sinclair and you are desperate for her to figure this mystery out. As a reader, you are filled with the feeling of mystery and intrigue and this book will keep you on edge until the very end.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is available now.

For more information regarding E. Lockhart (@elockhart) please visit www.emilylockhart.com.

For more information regarding Hot Key Books (@HotKeyBooksYA) please visit www.hotkeybooks.carrd.co.

Title: Tennis Lessons

Author: Susannah Dickey

Pages: 256 Pages

Publisher: Doubleday Books

The Blurb

The darkly funny, fiercely honest debut novel about a spirited young misfit and her rocky road to womanhood, stopping at each year along the way.

You’re strange and wrong. You’ve known it from the beginning.

This is the voice that rings in your ears. Because you never say the right thing. You’re a disappointment to everyone. You’re a far cry from beautiful – and your thoughts are ugly too.

You seem bound to fail, bound to break.

But you know what it is to laugh with your best friend, to feel the first tentative tingles of attraction, to take exquisite pleasure in the affront of your unruly body.

You just need to find your place.

From dead pets and crashed cars to family traumas and misguided love affairs, Susannah Dickey’s revitalizing debut novel plunges us into the private world of one young woman as she navigates her rocky way to adulthood.

The Review

Tennis Lessons by Susannah Dickey is a moving story about the enduring nature of friendship. It is a coming of age story about navigating your formative years whilst being an outsider, or at least leaning on the periphery. 

There are many good things about this novel. The teenage turmoils are handles in a blatant way. Dickey doesn’t hide behind euphemisms, she shows how difficult it can be. She talks about period, bullying, sex etc with honesty and condor and Tennis Lessons is all the better for it. 

Tennis Lessons is a novel for the outsider, the one who grew up not quite fitting in. It is a good story.

Tennis Lessons by Susannah Dickey is available now.

For more information regarding Susannah Dickey (@SusannahDickey) please visit www.unitedagents.co.uk/susannah-dickey.

For more information regarding Doubleday Books (@DoubledayUK) please visit www.penguin.co.uk.

Title: Cheer Up Love – Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate

Author: Susan Calman

Pages: 262 Pages

Publisher: Two Roads

The Blurb

Susan Calman is a well known comedian and writer who appears on countless radio and television programmes including The News Quiz, Just a Minute and now Strictly Come Dancing 2017. Her solo stand up show, Susan Calman is Convicted, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and dealt with subjects like the death penalty, appearance and depression. 

The reaction to the show she wrote about mental health was so positive that she wanted to expand on the show and write a more detailed account of surviving when you’re the world’s most negative person.

The Crab of Hate is the personification of Calman’s depression and her vision of the notorious Black Dog. A constant companion in her life, the Crab has provided her with the best, and very worst of times. This is a very personal memoir of how, after many years and with a lot of help and talking, she has embraced her dark side and realised that she can be the most joyous sad person you’ll ever meet. 

(Goodreads Blurb)

The Review

In her autobiography, Cheer Up Love, Susan Calman introduces you to her Crab of Hate. The little creature in her mind that determines her mood and tries to convince her that the whole world is against her. Some of us have something similar, others – if they are lucky – don’t really have to deal with this sort of thing at all. If this is your first time dealing with  negative creature such as Calman’s Crab of Hate then you are in for a treat because if there is anyone in the world who can make you look at mental health in a different way then that person is Susan Calman.

It would be easy for people to say that mental health is en vogue right now. It is trendy to have anxiety and if you don’t have it then you are so behind the times or whatever. However, in Cheer Up Love, the hilariously funny and remarkably brave Calman discusses her very real and very difficult struggle with mental health and she does so with her trademark wit and style. She uses humour to present mental health as more palatable and maybe to encourage us to laugh with (not at) those who are struggling.

When I was reading Cheer Up Love, I giggled out loud so many times. It is so funny, extremely entertaining and at times really kind of sad. But overall, you come away with a sense of hope – for your own mental health because there are others out there going through the same thing and also for Susan Calman, you get the sense that she is going to be alright.

Cheer Up Love: Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate by Susan Calman is available now.

For more information regarding Susan Calman (@SusanCalman) please visit www.susancalman.com.

For more information regarding Two Roads Books (@TwoRoadsBooks) please visit www.tworoadsbooks.com.