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“I’ll read my books and I’ll drink coffee and I’ll listen to music, and I’ll bolt the door." - J D Salinger

  • Hazel Butterfield
  • 31 January 2019

I hope you enjoy reading about the latest books I’ve read and loved. It’s great to support those starting out in the publishing world and ‘What’s Left Unsaid’, ‘The Missing Activist’ and ‘Whirlspools, yoga and the meaning of life’ are great examples of incredible talent emerging into the literary world. Get involved and lose yourself in great books...

“I’ll read my books and I’ll drink coffee and I’ll listen to music, and I’ll bolt the door." - J D Salinger


What’s Left Unsaid - Deborah Stone

When Sasha’s son, accidentally hears a disturbing slip of the tongue from his dementia ridden grandmother, he embarks on a fact finding mission through the guise of stating he wants to create a family video diary as a ‘momento’ for later years. The whole family uncover more than the lies they thought they had hidden in the cupboard.

We can’t and often don’t always know the truth or extent of someones circumstances,  nor do we all see the same life experiences similarly. We are entitled to our privacy, our secrets but what is left unsaid can cause heartache and confusion.

Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive! I was hooked very quickly and I do like the ‘different perspective’ format when telling a story, especially going back in time.

Find out more and get the book from here.


The Missing Activist - Louise Burfitt-Dons

A Tory activist in the primary stages of his career, a little bit wet behind the ears, files a complaint regarding bad behaviour in the party. Being a loyal supporter he though he was acting in the party’s best interests, if only others saw it the same way. He suddenly and mysteriously disappears, a PI is tasked with find him or at least find out what happened to him and what is unearthed is quite disturbing. Who’d have thought that politics had a murky side eh?!

The knowledge and perspective of the different characters/elements involved in this highly political ‘fictional’ thriller was brilliant, Louise definitely knows her stuff. The introspective nature she portrayed of the lead characters, especially the radicalised female brides and recruiters, helped to get involved with the narrative.

The ebb and flow of the plot, at times was quite sporadic yet so informative. I think it’s one of those books you need to read again and again to realise how much more was happening! I'm looking forward to the next one!

Listen to my recent interview with Louise here:



Ice Monster - David Walliams

It all starts with a 10 year old orphaned girl called Elsie and a 10,000 year old mammoth being brought back to life by a mad scientist and making friends in 20th Century London... What could possible go wrong?

Another ridiculous and yet bewildering instalment from my favourite bonkers and deliciously mad human being, David Walliams. Ice Monster is a mixture of history, science, tourism inspired, humour, heroism, ecology and monstrous farts. Both of my boys loved it and are constantly coming up with ideas of what could be his next book..!


Whirlpools, yoga and the balance of life - Lindsey Porter

You know what, this book came at just the right time for me. Tales of adventure, positivity, calm and lessons learnt.

Short stories, inspiring and awesome for the travel lovers or those that used to be when time was more permitting! Sweet and succinct points at the end that just leave that warm and contented feeling.

We are also not set in stone, we can change our path and make mistakes, experience fear and come across the unknown. Everything we live through is a chance to learn and develop. However...

“Sometimes there is no lesson, just enjoyment.” - Lindsey Porter

Find out more here: http://www.yoganuu.com/


Previous Book Blogs

Warlight, Wildchilds, No Fourth River 

“In the end, we all become stories” - make yours a story you’re happy with. 


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