Northern Life Book Club May/June 2022
by Northern Life
A NEW GENERATION OF NORTHERN WRITERS ARE TAKING INSPIRATION FROM OUR BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES, ECCENTRIC LOCALS AND THE DEADLY CRIMES THAT PLAGUE OUR HISTORY.
MRS ENGLAND BY STACEY HALLS
Set in West Yorkshire, Mrs England is a Sunday Times Bestseller. A novel burning with suspense and dread, it keeps you on the hook until the last page. An enthralling piece of historical literature that combines Edwardian mystery with the wilds of the Yorkshire countryside. The familiar landscape of moors, waterfalls and forests is captivatingly imbued with a sense of dread and swamped in secrets. The slow-burning read simmers with menace as an Edwardian marriage begins to unravel. The book weaves an enthralling story of men and women, power and control, courage, truth and the very darkest deception. We loved this one!
£8.99. Published by Manilla Press
MURDER MILE BY LESLEY MCEVOY
Lesley McEvoy was born and bred in Yorkshire. She is an internationally respected behavioural analyst and psychotherapist and has worked in some of the UK’s toughest prisons. The Murder Mile is Lesley’s debut novel and was inspired by an experience she had during a therapy session: “A female client under deep hypnosis, spoke to me in a man’s voice. He claimed to be a murderous ‘alter-ego’ living through her and threatened that if I didn’t leave them both alone, he would kill her…and then kill me too! That sparked a ‘what if ’ idea that I couldn’t get out of my mind.” If you love crime fiction, you will love this book.
£8.99. Published by Bonnier
TOTO AMONG THE MURDERERS BY SALLY J MORGAN
A vivid examination of hedonistic art graduates in Leeds and Sheffield in the 1970s, inspired by the author’s own experience of being offered a lift by the infamous murderers Fred and Rosemary West. Anyone growing up in the 70s will recognise Toto’s fear as news of mass murderers fills the daily headlines, but the determination to live fully and freely is enticing. Reading the novel today, we are reminded that despite gains, we still live in a world mired with violence against woman. £12.99. Published by Hachette
A MOTHER’S BETRAYAL BY EMMA HORNBY
A historical saga set within the terraces of Manchester in 1867. This page-turner perfectly captures the strong working-class women of the north inspired by the author’s own family history, who, like the characters in her books, eked out life amid the poverty of Lancashire’s slums. Mara longs for a peaceful life free of violence and poverty. But she has married into the O’Hara family, who have a reputation for drunkenness and quick tempers. However when her stepson is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, Mara is the only one who can prove his innocence. Perhaps this is her chance to finally free her family from his toxic influence . . . £6.99. Published by Penguin Books
A VILLAGE SECRET BY JULIE HUSTON
From bestselling Huddersfield author Julie Huston, this marvellous page turner is set in the quaint Yorkshire village of Westenbury. When Jennifer meets romantic poet Laurie at university, she falls head over heels, but 15 years later and their relationship is beginning to unravel. Determined to keep her family together, Jennifer reluctantly moves to the country. A novel about finding your place in the world where you least expect it, this book is about family, secrets and a not-so-quiet village life. Take it away on your country break and enthral yourself with this heart-warming tale of village life, complete with alpacas, interfering in-laws and new friends. A perfect escape to the country! £8.99. Published by Aria Publishing