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The Fascination by Essie Fox #Review #Giveaway

   Today be prepared for a dark, Victorian gothic novel! The Fascination by Essie Fox is published on June 22nd by Orenda . For the chance to win a print copy of The Fascination see the foot of this post for details. Victorian England. A world of rural fairgrounds and glamorous London theatres. A world of dark secrets and deadly obsessions… Twin sisters Keziah and Tilly Lovell are identical in every way, except that Tilly hasn't grown a single inch since she was five. Coerced into promoting their father's quack elixir as they tour the country fairgrounds, at the age of fifteen the girls are sold to a mysterious Italian known as ‘Captain’. Theo is an orphan, raised by his grandfather, Lord Seabrook, a man who has a dark interest in anatomical freaks and other curiosities … particularly the human kind. Resenting his grandson for his mother’s death in childbirth, when Seabrook remarries and a new heir is produced, Theo is forced to leave home without a penny to his

On the Bright Side - The new Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen

Due to be published by Michael Joseph on January 11th 2018, On the Bright Side is a fictional diary  written under the pen name of Hendrik Groen. I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour to celebrate its publication.

My Thoughts

 This is a humorous and entertaining look at the life of the elderly Hendrik Groen and his Old-But-Not-Dead club. You are treated to his observations of life inside and outside his care home. The follow -up to The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 831/4 Years Old, it picks up the story one year after the death of his friend, Eefje. Hendik's account lives up to the title with an optimistic and always amusing look at life. Exhorting us that the secret of aging is to always keep going, he warns that if you sit still and look out of the window, there you will stay!  His motto is to keep moving, both literally and figuratively, as he says, until you drop dead. I had to smile at the plan to take over the Resident's Committee by stealth and to pack it with his club members. The on-going campaign with The Director who often underestimated the old folk was a joy. Life and Death is viewed through the same practical lens- as Hendrik tells us, life doesn't come with training wheels. 

In short: heartwarming, thought provoking. 

About the Author

 Hendrik Groen started his diaries on the literary website of Torpedo Magazine. He says about his work: "There's not one sentence that's a lie, but not every word is true." His first diary, the international bestseller The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 831/4 Years Old has been translated into over thirty languages and is being adapted for television. His second diary went straight to number 1 in the Netherlands. He is currently working on a standalone novel.

About the Translator

Hester Velamns is the author of two popular children's novels and a translator specialising in modern fiction. Her translation of Renate Dorrenstein's A Heart of Stone won the Vondel Prize for translation and was Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writer's selection. Her translation of  Lulu Wang's The Lily Theatre was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Thanks to Sam Deacon of Penguin Random House for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

Book Link: Amazon UK

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