This Week in Books (April 29)

Hosted by Lipsy Lost and Found, my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I’m reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words.


When the eight-year-old daughter of an Oxford College Master vanishes in the middle of the night, police turn to the Scottish nanny, Dee, for answers. 

As Dee looks back over her time in the Master’s Lodging – an eerie and ancient house – a picture of a high achieving but dysfunctional family emerges: Nick, the fiercely intelligent and powerful father; his beautiful Danish wife Mariah, pregnant with their child; and the lost little girl, Felicity, almost mute, seeing ghosts, grieving her dead mother.

But is Dee telling the whole story? Is her growing friendship with the eccentric house historian, Linklater, any cause for concern? And most of all, why was Felicity silent?

[Absolutely loved this. One of my books of the year so far!]


Warwickshire in the 1580s. Agnes is a woman as feared as she is sought after for her unusual gifts. She settles with her husband in Henley street, Stratford, and has three children: a daughter, Susanna, and then twins, Hamnet and Judith. The boy, Hamnet, dies in 1596, aged eleven. Four years or so later, the husband writes a play called Hamlet. 

[The clear winner of last week’s poll. I started reading this last Wednesday evening and I’m still not halfway. That is in no way a reflection on the novel. It’s having the other half home so much, which is messing up my reading even more than before. But I’m enjoying it.]


Once again, it’s over to you! This may become a regular Wednesday thing. At least it stops me from spending hours staring at my book shelves, not being able to decide what to read.

I can’t wait to see which book will win the race this week. There is time to vote until I finish Hamnet, which I can promise you will not be today. 😂

What are you reading this week? Anything? Whatever it is you’re doing to get a break from reality, I hope you’re all safe, sane and well. 😘

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