There is nothing better than going to a nice warm bookshop on a cold day; especially that awkward period between Christmas and New Years Eve when no-one knows what they are doing, what they are meant to be doing or even what day it is. Walking into Broadhursts Bookshop in Southport instantly warmed me up and made me excited about reading again.
The floor to ceiling bookshelves and the real coal fire give the shop such a homely atmosphere which you could easily spend hours looking through all the titles. With a mixture of new and secondhand books in all genres, including the most amazing children’s section. I have fond memories of the children section, exploring the latest books and even picking up a signed Jacqueline Wilson when I was younger.
I picked up The Old Man in the Corner: The Teahouse Detective by Baroness Orczy which was originally published in 1908 which are a collection of cosy detective stories which were created as a response to Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories. I also purchased Lucy Worlsey’s Jane Austen at Home which looks at Austen’s work and life in-depth and includes images. Broadhursts’ wrap purchases with brown paper and string, It makes me think of Flourish & Blotts from Harry Potter and completely finishes the amazing experience.
The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp – Sarra Manning (Realise date: 6th September)
I was lucky enough to be sent this book as a preview version.
“Becky Sharp has big dreams and no connections. Determined to swap the gutters of Soho for the glamorous, exclusive world behind the velvet rope, Becky will do anything to achieve fame, riches and status.
Whether it’s seducing society’s most eligible bachelors, or befriending silly debutantes and rich old ladies, Becky Sharp is destined for great things. Because it might be tough at the top but it’s worse at the bottom.
From London to Paris and beyond, Becky Sharp is going places – so get the hell out of her way…”
An interesting, modern take on Vanity Fair, surrounded by the latest trends of Instagram Influencers and reality TV game shows, namely Big Brother. You follow the life of the unlikeable but mesmerising Becky Sharp- always cunning, sometimes cruel, but always keeps you on your toes. This book shows the whirlwind of a girl who knows what she wants and almost always gets it no matter who gets hurt in the process. Author Sarra Manning writes beautifully in this well-paced novel with twists and turns that will keep you guessing.
With The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp, I enjoyed reading about characters’ that in real life I would hate and friendship groups which are clearly there for the status. Amelia’s ongoing heartbreak over her turbulent relationship status provides engrossing detail to a plot driven by Becky’s ruthlessness and determination. Sarra’s character development shines through the writing.
I did enjoy this novel, however, I did find there to be a big build up which then fizzled out into nothing. I give this 3.5/5. It was a fab holiday read which was easy to dip in and out of.