Essex Life Book Club

PUBLISHED: 21:57 19 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:30 21 October 2015

Jess Wright

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Essex Life’s Jane Lambert shares an insight into the local literary world

What’s your winter page-turner?

For those of us who are inveterate bookworms, all year round is a good time for reading. We don’t need the lure of a cosy blanket on a dark evening to convince us to pick up a book, but there’s no denying that there’s something special about reading inside while the rain and wind batter the windows. Books and stories are able to provide the most comfortable of warm blankets throughout the traditionally miserable British winter.

So as we welcome another October, what are the best books to snuggle down with? Just as reading about Christmas and Halloween as I lay on the beach with the sun beating down doesn’t feel quite right, I find that reading about the beach or the long summer evenings doesn’t feel right in the colder months either. It might be slightly too early to pick up A Christmas Carol or The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, but how about something for Halloween? Stephen King is the master of horror, so it’s hard to look further than Pet Sematary or The Shining. King’s own son, Joe Hill, is turning into a horror writer of note as well and Horns comes highly recommended. Elsewhere, there’s Susan Hill, James Herbert, Edgar Allen Poe and, of course, the classic Bram Stoker’s Dracula to cause some great scares.

If it’s something a bit more cosy and autumnal you’re after, I tend to pick up a classic. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte or Persuasion by Jane Austen (not as popular as Pride and Prejudice, but every bit as good) are personal go-tos. Autumn is the perfect time to dig out an old favourite, so make yourself a cup of hot chocolate and snuggle down with a great story.

REVIEW

Sparkling Stilettos by Jess Wright

Jess Wright is a reality television star, best known for her appearances on The Only Way is Essex. Jess is from Brentwood and Sparkling Stilettos is her debut novel.

Love them or hate them, there’s no denying the popularity of the stars of TOWIE. Jess Wright is one such person and she has capitalised on her reality-television fame to branch out into the literary world.

Sparkling Stilettos is just about exactly what you would expect; a story about a young woman who wants to be a famous shoe designer. Wright uses her knowledge of the showbiz world to imbue the book with a sense of authenticity and although the story is never anything more than surface deep, it will find an audience amongst TOWIE fans.

Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing

Release Date: July 2015

Price: £7.99

ISBN: 9781784305680

REVIEW

Seaside Danger by Jack Carr

Jack Carr is from Clacton on Sea. Seaside Danger is his debut novel.

Seaside Danger tells the story of Michael, a man with severe mental health problems. Dealing with the voices in his head all of his life, the reader joins him as things begin to unravel and the author takes us on a thrilling ride of murder and deception.

It’s clear from the writing that the author has done his research and coming from a professional background in the mental health sector has obviously helped him to really get inside the head of Michael. Added to this is a fantastic sense of place as the towns of Brightlingsea and Harwich truly come alive throughout the story.

Publisher: Blurb Publishing

Release Date: April 2015

Price: £6.35

ISBN: B00WRPR6K

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