ARC REVIEW: Everyday Magic by Charlie Laidlaw

Title: Everyday Magic by Charlie Laidlaw
Published by: Ringwood Publishing
Publication date: 26th May 2021
Genre: Contemporary
Format: eARC


Carole Gunn leads an unfulfilled life and knows it. She’s married to someone who may, or may not, be in New York on business and, to make things worse, the family’s deaf cat has been run over by an electric car.

But something has been changing in Carole’s mind. She’s decided to revisit places that hold special significance for her. She wants to better understand herself, and whether the person she is now is simply an older version of the person she once was.

Instead, she’s taken on an unlikely journey to confront her past, present and future.

Everyday Magic is an uplifting book filled with humour and poignancy, and reminds us that, while our pasts make us who we are, we can always change the course of our futures.

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REVIEW: Being Alert! by Charlie Laidlaw

Title: Being Alert! by Charlie Laidlaw
Pages: 199
Published by: Independently Published
Publication date: 13th August 2020
Genre: Satire
Format: eBook
Amazon UK


Being Alert! begins in January 2020 as the British prime minister, Winston Spragg, first learns about a new illness that seems to be centred in a city in China that nobody has heard of.

Following in a long tradition of British satire, the book populates Downing Street and Whitehall with an inept prime minister presiding over a dysfunctional government as it deals with an existential threat that rapidly becomes a national crisis.

Like satires before it, the book uses humour to paint an uncomfortable picture of a government seemingly as concerned about justifying itself as working to protect the country.

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REVIEW: The Things We Learn When We’re Dead by Charlie Laidlaw

The Things We Learn When We're DeadTitle: The Things We Learn When We’re Dead by Charlie Laidlaw
Pages: 501
Published by: Accent Press Ltd
Publication date: 26th January 2017
Genre: Fiction
Format: Paperback
Amazon UKWaterstones


Small decisions can have unintended consequences, but sometimes we get a second chance. 

On the way home from a dinner party she didn’t want to attend, Lorna Love steps into the path of an oncoming car. When she wakes up she is in what appears to be a hospital – but a hospital in which her nurse looks like a young Sean Connery, she is served wine for supper, and everyone avoids her questions.

It soon transpires that she is in Heaven, or on HVN. Because HVN is a lost, dysfunctional spaceship, and God the aging hippy captain. She seems to be there by accident. Or does God have a higher purpose after all?

At first Lorna can remember nothing. As her memories return – some good, some bad – she realises that she has decisions to make and that she needs to find a way home…

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