Book Reviews

Browse through our reviews of books from authors who we had scheduled to appear at the 2020 Penzance LitFest.

Book Review: Dark, Salt, Clear by Lamorna Ash

25 Aug 2020 by Litfest
Lamorna Ash’s book, Dark, Salt, Clear*: Life in a Cornish Fishing Town (published by Bloomsbury), which is part-memoir/part-love song to the fishing community of Newlyn, would have been real crowd pleaser at the 2020 Penzance LitFest were it not for COVID-19. We very much hope that we’ll be able to lure Lamorna back to Cornwall to take […]

Book Review: The Lost Properties of Love by Sophie Ratcliffe

06 Jul 2020 by Litfest
Review by Paul Hunter Sophie Ratcliffe is a fortysomething Oxford professor of English, who is also a writer and critic. This book is an engaging read and relatively short, although in keeping with the author’s background ends with 40 pages of quotations, further reading and acknowledgements. Loosely it’s a memoir of some parts of Ratcliffe’s […]

Book Review: The Carbon Buddy Manual by Colin Hastings

29 Jun 2020 by Litfest
Review by Linda Camidge Everyone needs an in-house lockdown buddy –preferably one that’s interesting, stimulating and non-threatening.  The Carbon Buddy Manual meets all those criteria, and although it’s disappointing not to be able to welcome Colin Hastings to Penzance Literary Festival in person this year, reading his book is the next best thing. The continuing […]