Hello and welcome to damppebbles on this wintery Thursday. I hope your day is full of fabulous books! Today I am delighted to welcome author Ali Bacon to the blog to share her three #R3COMM3ND3D2019 picks. Ali is the author of In the Blink of an Eye which was published by Linen Press last year. It sounds absolutely fascinating and I’ll tell you everything you need to know about the book once we’ve discovered which three books, published in 2019, Ali recommends.
So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2019? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors and book bloggers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2019. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2019 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes. 😉
Here are Ali’s three choices…
The Posthumous Adventures of Harry Whittaker by Bobbie Darbyshire
A warm-hearted read which fizzes with life.
Ali’s Review of The Posthumous Adventures of Harry Whittaker
Finding A Way by Diane Simmons
Powerful in its simplicity.
Ali’s Review of Finding A Way
A Proper Person to be Detained by Catherine Czerkawska
Intriguing slice of family and social history (non fiction).
Thanks Ali. All three of your recommendations look very interesting reads.
If Ali has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:
About In the Blink of an Eye:
In1843, Edinburgh artist, David Octavius Hill, is commissioned to paint the portraits of 400 ministers who have broken away from the Church of Scotland. Only when he meets Robert Adamson, an early master of the new and fickle art of photography, does this daunting task begin to look feasible.
Hill is soon bewitched by the art of light and shade. He and Adamson become the darlings of Edinburgh society, immortalising people and places with their subtle and artistic images. In the Blink of an Eye is a re-imagining of Hill’s life in the words of those who were beguiled by his artistry and charismatic charm. Tender, tragic and sometimes humorous, these voices come together in a story of art and science, love and loss, friendship and photography.
About Ali Bacon:
Ali Bacon grew up in Scotland and lives in South Gloucestershire where she writes contemporary and historical fiction. Her debut novel A Kettle of Fish was published in 2012 and In the Blink of an Eye (Linen Press 2018) set in Victorian Edinburgh was listed in Best Scottish books of 2018. She has had short stories listed for numerous prizes and was awarded the inaugural Sansom Prize as part of the Bristol Short Story Competition 2019.
If you’re a book blogger or an author and you have three books published this year which you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)