So much good stuff happened on the Indie Book Network during August! It's also been the month in which we tried (and pretty much failed) to take some holiday, so not everything got shared as widely as would otherwise have been the case, but if you missed out here's where you can catch up!
Our monthly giveaway for August was of the entire set so far of Eiderdown Books' Modern Women Artists series, and we were excited to share reviews of two of the volumes. Firstly Alice reviewed Lee Miller by Ami Bouhassane, "an extremely friendly and enticing read; a perfect balance of critical art history and companionable chat". Leyla also reviewed Sylvia Pankhurst by Katy Norris, which contains "Over thirty colour illustrations are complemented by text that explores both the meanings and significances behind many of the works Sylvia Pankhurst produced in her push for women’s rights." Both of these are intriguing, important titles and a fantastic addition to your TBR.
A micro review of a brilliant sounding book was shared this month by Sarah, who is making an effort to name the publisher (which we 100% support!). The Cabinet of Calm by Paul Anthony Jones (Elliot & Thompson Books) is a collection subtitled 'soothing words for troubled times' and about how "if you look hard enough there is a word or phrase for pretty much everything that happens in the world or the emotions events invoke."
Once again, the indomitable Jackie has reviewed a plethora of things during August! From retellings of fairytales and myths (Foxfire, Wolfskin: Tales of Shapeshifting Women by Sharon Blackie, published by September Publishing), through the beginnings of an epic new fantasy series (Mordew by Alex Pheby, published by Galley Beggar Press), to poetry collections (How to Make Curry Goat by Louise McStravick, published by Fly on the Wall Press) and a book that is part memoir, part analysis of another poets' work (A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ni Ghriofa, published by Tramp Press)
Another fantastic indie whom we love is Orenda Books, and Liz was part of the blog tour for Ash Mountain by Helen FitzGerald during August. She describes the book as "pacey and intense...emotional, heart wrenching but also comedic", and you can read the rest of her review here.
Finally, here on our blog I reviewed the three books published so far in the Ant & Bea series (The Cost of Living, Dead Stock and Expiry Date) by Rachel Ward, published by Sandstone Press. These are cosy mysteries and extremely easy to binge read! To round up the month, Hetty reviewed My Husband Simon by Mollie Panter-Downes, which is part of the British Library's Women Writers series and a gorgeous book.
Many thanks to all of the reviewers and publishers involved during August. If you'd like to be involved going forward, please check for more details & get in touch here.