The Foundling – Stacey Halls

The Foundling - Stacey Halls
The Foundling – Stacey Halls

London shrimp girl Bess Bright leaves her new born daughter at The Foundling Hospital in London’s Coram’s Fields. Returning six years later to retrieve her child, Bess uncovers a mystery – apparently she herself has returned the next day to claim her daughter …

Stacey Halls shows us Georgian London society from top to bottom, which I enjoyed – as you can see from the speed read. My main grumble is that the denouement was rather rapid. Not a surprise, but all a bit to simple and straightforward compared to the plotting that got us there.

Author page: The Foundling – Stacey Halls

Circe – Madeline Miller

Circe - Madeline Miller
Circe – Madeline Miller

Titan goddess, Daughter of Helios, Unloved child, Witch, Lover of Odysseus, all I knew of Circe was that she turned Odysseus’ sailors into pigs….

In her marvellous retelling of this Greek Myth, Madeline Miller places the focus firmly on Circe – a goddess with more than the touch of the mortal about her than usual.

Author page: Circe – Madeline Miller

Big Sky – Kate Atkinson

Big Sky - Kate Atkinson
Big Sky – Kate Atkinson

Jackson Brodie is back, and back in the north east. A 21st century tale of young women being lured to the UK with the promise of a good job, and being forced into prostitution.

It is the world we live in, but choose not to see.

But it’s not all hard reading. Big Sky also shows us choices that some women can make, and the choices men make in response.

Author page: Big Sky – Kate Atkinson