This book really makes me want to become an editor

I’ve read a book that has left me itching to attack it with a red pen, so much so that I’m going to dissect it here and say what I would have done if I had been the book’s editor. This is not to say that I thought the book was all bad – in fact, I really liked its premise and judged it to have a lot of potential. It was the execution of the story and the writing that left me disappointed. So, rather than looking at this as a criticism of what the book was, I’d rather view it as a lament for what it could have been.

Alert No.1: In writing this post, I do not claim to be better than professional editors working in the industry. This is my subjective opinion which stemmed from my reading experience of the book in question.

Alert No.2: To speak about the book’s strengths and shortcomings, I will be revealing much of the storyline. Therefore don’t read on if you’d like to avoid spoilers!

So what’s the book? It’s called So Much Owed by Jean Grainger, a work of historical fiction set in Ireland and Continue reading

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‘Bright’s Passage’ by Josh Ritter

I’ve been reading three books concurrently over the last month or so (an audio book in my car, a fat book that lives on my nightstand, and a slimmer book that I can carry around in my handbag), and I have just finished them all around the same time, so here are three book reviews in a row, starting with Bright’s Passage by Josh Ritter, which I listened to on audio book and which is read by the author himself.

Bright's Passage by Josh Ritter

My signed copy!

This is a slightly obscure book, because Josh Ritter is generally not known as a novelist but as a singer/songwriter. I’ve been an avid fan of his music for the best part of a decade and have always admired Continue reading