Meanwhile, at Shiny…

Here are links to my recent posts over at Shiny New Books…

Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh

This is one of my most-loved TV programmes ever, and the original play is now 40 years old. Penguin have reissued it with a new intro by Leigh – and it still holds up today!

Little top up?

Read my full review here.


The Valentine House by Emma Henderson

This multi-generational story of family summers in the French Alps, mostly seen through the eyes of Mathilde who works for them over the years took me back to the late 60s early 70s when we holidays in the Alps each year.

Secrets and lies, summer languor, family rivalries – it was a great read.

Read my full review here – and the interview I did with Emma here.

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