Sunday, 8 May 2011

Recommending A Fellow Blogger

Frances Garrood very kindly sent me a copy of her second (I think) novel called 'The Birds, The Bees and Other Secrets'. It's really a woman's book I suppose but I don't mind admitting I read my wife's Jill Mansells and, of course, I have to research women's mags. It was an enjoyable read and should appeal to anyone who likes quirky characters. Because this is definitely a character-led story and I wanted to keep reading to find out what happens to them all. Some of the people in the story aren't even given proper names and even the various dogs that appear have their own eccentricities.

If you get a chance, please get hold of a copy of this book. I promise you won't be disappointed. You can't have mine because it has Frances' autograph in it.


  1. Ooooh, you even have it autographed! I surely do want to read it, though as it isn't listed in our local library catalogue I will have to purchase a copy. (Expect you will be very relieved about that Frances, if you are reading this!)

  2. Thanks very much for the recommendation, Keith, and I'm glad you enjoyed the book!

    Joanne, the reason Keith has a signed copy is that it was a prize for his brilliant limerick! But if you'd like one, contact me (email address on my website) and I can let you have one for what it costs me, plus P&P (altogether about £6).

  3. I was going to post this recommendation sometime, Joanne, but then your review of Frances' 'Dead Earnest' on your blog prompted me to get on with it.

    You're welcome, Frances. I just wanted to draw attention to it but keep it brief.

    For those of you who are interested in Frances' books there are more comprehensive reviews and extracts on her website which you can access via her blog.

  4. Keith - and there was I thinking we both just had great minds!

    Frances that is very kind of you, and you could sign mine too! I will get onto it without further ado...