#AroundTheUKIn144Books – the update @brilliantbooks @gilbster1000 @thebooktrailer

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So. It’s been a while huh? Well despite not having published a proper update for the past couple of months, we have all still been busy. Busy working, busy living and most importantly busy reading. We’ve been gradually ticking off counties from our challenge targets, but I’ve got to be honest here – speaking personally I’ve been struggling to get outside of the M25. You wouldn’t believe how many books are set in the capital, especially as I read a lot of crime/thriller type of books. Well… you probably would as London is a hotbed of dodgy deals and even dodgier characters now isn’t it. I mean it’s the home of our beloved government for one thing…

When I have made it out of London it’s been on the long trip up the M1, M6, M62 corridor to Manchester – seemingly the second dodgiest city in the UK. Who knew? Thankfully my travel companions have made it to a few different areas, and even I have managed to sneak away from the main drag of the UK’s major motorways on the odd occasion, but not far it must be said.

So… with 144 counties to visit just how far has our challenge taken us? Well… 38 out of 144 so far. Not bad considering we have adopted a scattergun approach and are just crossing off as we find them rather than targeting specific areas. Now, there are one or two reviews still to be published – I have one in May and one in June for example which take care of 3 of the 38 counties, so you’ll have to forgive us for not listing every single one here. But of those we have read and reviewed, here are the all important links.

From our previous update:

Jen:
Cambridgeshire: Watch Her Disappear – Eva Dolan
Bridgend: The Black Path – Paul Burston
Northumberland: Holy Island & Sycamore Gap – LJ Ross
West Sussex: Sister Sister – Sue Fortin
Staffordshire: Don’t Look Behind You – Mel Sherratt
London: Tattletale – Sarah J Naughton
                Her Husband’s Lover – Julia Crouch (incl Cambridgeshire)
                Rattle – Fiona Cummins
                Little Girl Lost – Carol Wyer

Rachel:
Bristol: How to Get a (Love) Life by Rosie Blake
City of Edinburgh:  Perfect Remains by Helen Fields
Cornwall: A Cottage in Cornwall by Laura Briggs
Dorset: The Winter Folly by Lulu Taylor
Greater London: My Sweet Revenge by Jane Fallon
Hampshire: The Good Girlfriend’s Guide to Getting Even by Anna Bell

Abbie:
London: Lies by TM Logan
Highland: Mary’s The Name by Ross Sayers

And what about our new reads? Well here you go (all credit to Rachel the reading machine)

Jen:
Greater Manchester: The Sixth Window by Rachel Abbott
Kent: Will to Live by Rachel Amphlett
Lincolnshire: Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis
Na h-Eileanan Siar: Seal Skin by Su Bristow
Nottingham: Blink by KL Slater
South Yorkshire: A Room Full Of Killers by Michael Wood
Warwickshire: Kill or Die by Ann Evans
West Midlands & Worcestershire: Dead Souls By Angie Marsons

Rachel:
Berkshire: Star Fish by Nicola May
Buckinghamshire: Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses by Carol Matthews
Devon: The Cosy Coffee Shop Of Promises by Kellie Hailles
East Riding Of Yorkshire: Dead Hope by Nicky Wells
Gloucestershire: The Secrets of Ivy Garden by Catherine Ferguson
Herefordshire: About Last Night by Catherine Alliott
Oxfordshire: Meet Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt
Shropshire: Turn Towards the Sun by Emma Davies
Somerset: My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
West Yorkshire: The Little Teashop of Lost and Found by Trisha Ashley

Abbie:
Brighton and Hove & East Sussex: The Silent Wife by Kerry Fisher
Glasgow City: Old Friends, New Enemies by Owen Mullin

I think you’ll agree that’s not bad progress after four months. Still a long way to go so I hope you’ll stick with us as we continue to make our way around the UK, one book at a time.

My travelling companions on this crazy quest:

Abbie ‘Tour Director’ Rutherford

Rachel ‘Entertainment Director’ Gilbey

We promise to try and keep you more informed going forward but no guarantees. We’re having too much fun reading..

Have a fab day all

JL

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