I’m really looking forward to my forthcoming break – a short stay in Pembrokeshire, with a couple of days in Cardiff on the way, my first solo trip in some considerable time. I’ll enjoy visiting the beautiful coastline of my childhood holidays, maybe taking in a visit to Laugharne too – but the undoubted highlight of my trip will be the opportunity to spend time at the Narberth Book Fair on 22nd September. I did promise myself a visit when the book fair was held in Tenby, but life conspired to make that impossible: this year, the book fair has moved to its new home at the Queen’s Hall in Narberth, a venue that looks quite perfect to accommodate the growing popularity of the event.
You can find more details about the 40+ authors attending on the book fair’s excellent website, as well as more about the events planned for the day. So many of the authors have previously been featured on Being Anne, and I’m very much looking forward to meeting them and attending some of the talks. Today I’ll share links to some of those earlier features – and over the next few days (starting Wednesday) I’ll share four reviews of some books I’ve read while awaiting the day itself. The images link to the authors’ Amazon pages.
The imagery, the descriptions, the detail drawn from nature – they are just breath-taking in their beauty … the ghost is as real to the reader as she is to the girls, her anguish palpable and heart-breaking … Sublime writing… (from my review of Snow Sisters)
Wendy White/Sara Gethin
if you’d told me that I’d sit, totally rapt, reading a book written in the voice of a five year old child, seeing that dreadful world through his eyes and from his unique perspective – well, I really wouldn’t have believed you… a unique and unforgettable experience. (from my review of Not Thomas)
From the moment Miriam stands by the toilet with a box in her hands, the author had hooked me… I loved the twists and turns of the story, Miriam’s unconventional decision on how to “escape”, her dealing with the various family issues, her relationships both romantic and otherwise – and the fact that what looks like the perfect outcome can still sometimes leave you with the feeling that maybe it isn’t enough. (From my review of A Different River)
This was one of those stories with a bit of everything – strong and sympathetic characters, well drawn and sometimes complex emotions and relationships, real shocks and surprises, a real edge of darkness and evil, a wonderful sense of place with superb descriptions, a touch of romance, a cracking story. (From my review of Shadows)
The anchor for the characters’ stories is Delfryn itself – vividly drawn, described in the kind of detail that enable the reader to walk its paths and experience its beautiful scenery through the eyes of its characters through the changing seasons… the author has a real feeling for character and place, and it really shines through her work. (From my review of You Can’t Go It Alone)
Review of Someone Else’s Conflict, with author interview
Far more than its parts, (this book) exposes the waste and futility of fighting for a cause, the tragic effects of a civil war that can’t be won… an excellent read, a real page turner that confounds your initial expectations. (From my review of Someone Else’s Conflict)
I’d read the description, and I was expecting “laughter and tears” – but this book was a dark and delicious surprise from beginning to end, and really not what I was expecting at all… refreshingly different, and so very well written. (From my review of Angelica Stone)
Other features and spotlights on Being Anne
I do hope I haven’t missed anyone! Reviews to follow of books by Judith Barrow, Thorne Moore, Alex Martin and Cheryl Rees-Price…