Nowhere Girl: a Review

Nowhere Girl by Ruth Dugdall ‘A wanderer, a mongrel, she feels she belongs nowhere in particular. Home is somewhere else, but she hasn’t found it yet.’ Star Rating  When seventeen year old Ellie Scheen disappears during Luxembourg’s biggest festival, her world is rocked beyond belief. The police will not file a missing person’s report for forty-eight hours, especially not…

Humber Boy B: a Review

Humber Boy B by Ruth Dugdall ‘They all felt it… because it had mattered, what Ben did, a great deal. Everyone stood on the bridge had felt the impact.’ Star Rating Humber Boy B is the third Dugdall title starring single mother and probation officer Cate Austen. When I interviewed Ruth about a previous novel, The Woman…

Wonderful Women: Female Writers for your Bookshelf

Wonderfully Weird Women Who Write: Why we should read Fiction by Women The Guardian recently featured a small article stating that female writers are often overlooked and marginalised in a male-dominated industry. It’s a widely accepted fact that while women are published in roughly the same numbers as men, their works are sidelined by reviewers…

Ruth Dugdall on ‘The Woman Before Me’, Twisted Plots and Human Psychology

When Dugdall’s book was first published in 2010, it sold 40,000 copies, surpassing the expectations of both its publishing house and its author. With no broadsheet coverage, the book had sold primarily through word of mouth. On October 31st of this year, the title is being re-released, complete with a new cover, additional chapter, mini-essay…

The Woman Before Me: A Review

Following an invitation on Twitter to read and evaluate books for independent publisher Legend Press, I’ve opted to post book reviews on my blog. In exchange for an honest review of their most recent publications, I get a free book, which, being a student, is always a bonus. Seems like a win-win situation to me, so…