The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje ★★★½

The English Patient is a historical novel set during the Second World War, in an abandoned Italian villa that is acting as a hospital. At the end of the war Hannah, a war-time nurse, stays behind at the villa to look after her remaining patient. Winner of the Man Booker Prize in 1992, this novel is … Continue reading The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje ★★★½

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte ★★

Wuthering Heights is a well-loved Victorian classic telling the infamous love story between Catherine and Heathcliffe, who live in the gloomy Yorkshire Moors in the 1800s. Being a lover of Victorian classics (granted, I generally much prefer Austen to the Brontes) I expected to enjoy this novel far more than I did. Ultimately, despite a few strengths … Continue reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte ★★

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge ★★★★

A Skinful of Shadows is a young adult historical fantasy novel set in the late 1600s in London, and follows our protagonist Makepeace, a twelve year-old girl. This novel is full of many rich and interesting elements: in this story, certain people are capable of housing spirits in their bodies; there is intrigue surrounding Makepeace's family … Continue reading A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge ★★★★