All posts by Charly


About Charly

Charly likes fantastic rather than fantastical fiction – her favourite books are probably David Nicholls’ Starter for Ten and Evelyn Waugh’s Vile Bodies (both pretty different from one another, but you should definitely read them both)!

Review of Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

Cuckoos Calling Cover

I’ll start with a confession.

My name’s Charly and I’ve never read a Harry Potter book.

I know, I know, the 90s were awesome and I work in publishing but the fact is I’m nearly 30 and have no experience of J K Rowling’s writing. Until recently.

As a fan of crime stories, thrillers and suspense I was delighted to learn that Rowling, as Robert Galbraith, had created the private detective Cormoran Strike, introducing him to the world in The Cuckoo’s Calling.

To be honest, Strike’s name alone was enough to win me over. But actually the story was interesting, entertaining and had enough threads to keep me reading keenly on.

I really enjoyed the characters, many of whom mirrored one or more celebs, and the plot itself was great, with ‘whodunnit?’ remaining a total surprise.

This is totally my kind of book. If (like me) your TV viewing choices include Lewis and Silent Witness, curl up with this book. You’ll love it.

BookMachine is back in town!

BM Logo

Charly here! I am wearing two very nice (if invisible) hats at the moment. One is a The Edge of Reading hat, which is new and spangly and exciting. I’ve been wearing the other one, a swish and trendy BookMachine hat, for just over a year. I like both of these hats very much.

Bearing this in mind, it would be absurd for me not to post a quick blog on this site about next week’s BookMachine event!

In six (yes six!) different cities* on Wednesday 25 September, BookMachine will be bringing together all sorts of people involved in, and connected to, the publishing industry. I am behind the steering wheel of Oxford’s event and it’s going to be a great evening. Tickets are nearly all gone, but more information and the sign-up page can be found here:

In a nutshell:

Hope to see you there!

*Events also taking place in London, Brighton, Barcelona, New York and Toronto. More information about BookMachine Everywhere here.