Haul & News – 22 March 2014


I’ve decided that each weekend shall be the time I take to discuss books I’ve received to review and/or books I’ve bought the week before, and any news that particular caught my interest.

A short post this week because I’m unfortunately ridiculously busy.

Books Received:

  • The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson (review) from Hachette Australia
  • Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton (gift) from my friend Sam who spoils me far too much!
  • The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab (gift) also from Sam!
  • Knit Your Own Boyfriend by Carol Meldrum (bought) from the Book Depository sale. It was just too cute.

The first is another book I haven’t requested, but the publisher knows my reading tastes quite well so I’m sure I’ll love it.

London, 1727 – and Tom Hawkins is about to fall from his heaven of card games, brothels and coffee-houses to the hell of a debtors’ prison.

The Marshalsea is a savage world of its own, with simple rules: those with family or friends who can lend them a little money may survive in relative comfort. Those with none will starve in squalor and disease. And those who try to escape will suffer a gruesome fate at the hands of the gaol’s rutheless governor and his cronies.

The trouble is, Tom Hawkins has never been good at following rules – even simple ones. And the recent grisly murder of a debtor, Captain Roberts, has brought further terror to the gaol. While the Captain’s beautiful widow cries for justice, the finger of suspicion points only one way: to the sly, enigmatic figure of Samuel Fleet.

Some call Fleet a devil, a man to avoid at all costs. But Tom Hawkins is sharing his cell. Soon, Tom’s choice is clear: get to the truth of the murder – or be the next to die.

A twisting mystery, a dazzling evocation of early 18th Century London, THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA is a thrilling debut novel full of intrigue and suspense.

The next two are gifts from Sam, who utterly spoils me rotten. This was such a nice surprise to come home to after a slightly rough day at work! I’ve read a lot of Kate Beaton but certainly not all of it, and her work is excellent in book form because it gives you a chance to sit without distractions and really appreciate her work, especially the witty aspect of it. I already know and love Victoria Schwab’s work also, and this book is the perfect size to take on the plane with me when I go away in a fortnight, to read on the flight!

Knit Your Own Boyfriend is just an amusing thing I’ll hopefully give away to a knitter-friend. I always seem to buy something during the Book Depository sales, no matter what is on offer. This seems quite cute and I wish I were confident enough in my own knitting ability to give it a go! I have about three other projects on hand already though, and seeing as where I live it’s stupidly hot most of the time, I rarely find time to take up knitting (which gets hot to hold quite quickly) and get some progress, as it is.



During March, FableCroft Publishing is running the Cranky Ladies of History crowd-funding campaign on the Pozible platform. Read more about it and their blog tour here! You can also pledge towards the project here, which currently has a list of authors who have pitched in hopes to be included, such as Juliet Marilier, Garth Nix, Laura Lam, and Lauren Beukes – read who else is interested here! They’ve actually managed to fund in half the time allocated which is fantastic and also means… stretch goals! Join in while you still can!


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