Round up of British Book Challenge 2013

I can’t believe it’s been a year, since I accepted the challenge to read 12 books by a British author. I’ve absolutely loved discovering new British authors this year. I’m definitely going to continue the challenge next year. We have far too many brilliant authors in the UK, that deserve much more recognition.

Here are the British Authors I’ve discovered this year, complete with a link to my review!

Here’s to discovering new British Authors in 2014 and continuing to support UK writers!

Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s list is top ten books dealing with tough subjects. Now, I read quite a few books that deal with some tough subjects so it’s going to be quite hard to narrow it down to ten!

In no particular order.. I just can’t order awesome books!

Pushing The Limits- Katie McGarry


I had heard a lot about this book before I read it. I was worried that I wouldn’t like it and that it was over-hyped, but actually it was a beautiful book, very sensitively written.

Undone- Cat Clarke


This book really moved me. Especially the ending. I was lost for words.

Me Before You- Jojo Moyes


I judged a book by its cover and really thought this book was going to be light and fluffy. Oh no. It really wasn’t.

Just What Kind Of Mother Are You?- Paula Daly


Not an easy subject to read at all, but it was incredibly well written!

The Quietness- Alison Rattle


This book was passionate. It had deeply disturbing moments especially as it was based on history.

Heart-Shaped Bruise- Tanya Byrne


Such a daring debut, a protagonist that has done something bad, yet you end up feeling for her. I love it.

Fifteen Days Without A Head- Dave Cousins

15 Days Without A Head

This is such a sad book, but it’s nicely balanced with some humour. It’s much needed!

My Best Friend’s Girl- Dorothy Koomson


My Best Friend’s Girl is very touching.

Wonder- R.J Palacio


I was recommended this by a good friend and I’m glad she did recommend it. I thought it was heart-wrenching.

Into The Darkest Corner- Elizabeth Haynes


A fantastic debut novel touching on an incredibly difficult subject.

This was so hard! I could’ve probably found 20 that I absolutely adore. I’m pretty sure that I’ve missed some amazing books and I’ll see them on other blogs and be annoyed I didn’t include them! Please feel free to link your blog so I can see what’s on your list!

15 Days Without A Head

15 Days Without A Head

How did I get it?
I bought it.


Fifteen-year-old Laurence Roach just wants a normal life, but it’s not easy when your mum is a depressed alcoholic, and your six-year-old brother thinks he’s a dog.

When Mum fails to come home one night, Laurence tells nobody, terrified he and his brother will be taken into care if anyone finds out. Instead, he attempts to keep up the pretence that Mum is still around: dressing up in her clothes to trick the neighbours and spinning an increasingly complicated tangle of lies. After two weeks on their own, running out of food and money, and with suspicious adults closing in, Laurence finally discovers what happened to his mother. And that’s when the trouble really starts . . .


I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for quite some time now. I’m glad I bought it because it truly is a heart-warming, thought provoking story. It’s a tough subject matter, but Dave Cousins handles it beautifully and injects some much needed humour to lighten up the story.

The main characters were beautifully developed. Laurence was strong and really wanted to do the best by his little brother. Jay was incredibly endearing. Their relationship was portrayed wonderfully and I really believed in them and wanted their situation to be better.

Dave Cousins makes the teenage voice of Laurence so realistic. At times, it’s painful at times to read what the family are going through. This wouldn’t be so if you didn’t have such a talented writer setting the scene that is unfortunately common for many families.

I can’t wait to read more from Dave Cousins and I would recommend this book to people of all ages.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
The Puppet Spell- Emma Adams