Mind your own womb

An eloquent piece that sums up the private anguish of many women. Thanks to Nadirah Angail for an amazing post xxxx

Nadirah Angail

pregnant bellySomewhere there is a woman: 30, no children. People ask her, “Still no kids?” Her response varies from day to day, but it usually includes forced smiles and restraint.

“Nope, not yet,” she says with a chuckle, muffling her frustration.

“Well, don’t wait forever. That clock is ticking, ya know,” the sage says before departing, happy with herself for imparting such erudite wisdom. The sage leaves. The woman holds her smile. Alone, she cries…

Cries because she’s been pregnant 4 times and miscarried every one. Cries because she started trying for a baby on her wedding night, and that was 5 years ago. Cries because her husband has an ex-wife and she has given him children. Cries because she wants desperately to try in vitro but can’t even afford the deposit. Cries because she’s done in vitro (multiple rounds) and still has no children. Cries because her best friend wouldn’t…

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Not suitable for children 4.5🌟🌟🌟🌟💫


This is another cracker from Angela Marsons. Whilst Kim Stone’s background is undoubtedly not the happiest, it isn’t a patch on some of the characters in the latest instalment of her life fighting crime. 🕵🚔
Although it’s the 4th DI Kim Stone book, it’s fair to say that this is be a standalone book.

It rattled along at a fair old pace, and there were a few question marks in my head until ⚡️POW⚡️I wasn’t expecting it to unfold in that way…
A rattling good read.  

MetLineReader Rating 4.5* 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫
About this book

The dead don’t tell secrets … unless you listen. 

The girl’s smashed-in face stared unseeing up to the blue sky, soil spilling out of her mouth. A hundred flies hovered above the bloodied mess. 

Westerley research facility is not for the faint-hearted. A ‘body farm’ investigating human decomposition, its inhabitants are corpses in various states of decay. But when Detective Kim Stone and her team discover the fresh body of a young woman, it seems a killer has discovered the perfect cover to bury their crime. 

Then a second girl is attacked and left for dead, her body drugged and mouth filled with soil. It’s clear to Stone and the team that a serial killer is at work – but just how many bodies will they uncover? And who is next? 

As local reporter, Tracy Frost, disappears, the stakes are raised. The past seems to hold the key to the killer’s secrets – but can Kim uncover the truth before a twisted, damaged mind claims another victim …? 

The latest utterly addictive thriller from the No.1 bestseller Angela Marsons. 


Play Dead is published on 20th May by Bookouture and is available for preorder and purchase on Amazon

My thanks to Bookouture who provided me with an advance copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

A complicated childhood

A heart-wrenching exquisite book that is both the story of a complicated childhood and the social context of the 80s, particularly the racial tensions.

This is a lovely story about a nine year old boy called Leon and the challenges he and his newborn brother face when his mother cannot look after them. Told through the eyes of Leon, this story is powerful, emotional yet simply told – it would be accessible to a early teenage audience — in a similar vein to “Wonder”. Much of it is about acceptance, making the best of what we have and overcoming prejudices, a powerful story, with a narrative ease that belies its depth. 

I think this book will be very big in 2016. It’s not due to be published until June so I expect it will build momentum … 

An outstanding debut from Kit de Waal. I wish her much success and look forward to her next book.

MetLine Rating: 4.5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ highly recommended

About this Book

A brother chosen. A brother left behind. And a family where you’d least expect to find one. Leon is nine, and has a perfect baby brother called Jake. They have gone to live with Maureen, who has fuzzy red hair like a halo, and a belly like Father Christmas.

But the adults are speaking in low voices, and wearing Pretend faces. They are threatening to give Jake to strangers. Since Jake is white and Leon is not. As Leon struggles to cope with his anger, certain things can still make him smile – like Curly Wurlys, riding his bike fast downhill, burying his hands deep in the soil, hanging out with Tufty (who reminds him of his dad), and stealing enough coins so that one day he can rescue Jake and his mum. 

Evoking a Britain of the early eighties, My Name is Leon is a heart-breaking story of love, identity and learning to overcome unbearable loss. Of the fierce bond between siblings. And how – just when we least expect it – we manage to find our way home.


My Name is Leon is written by Kit de Waal and is published by Penguin Random House on 2nd June 2016. It is available for preorder from Amazon UK

I received an advance review copy from Penguin Random House via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.