Neil Spring is hoping for a treat this Halloween. His debut novel, "The Ghost Hunters", has finally hit the shelves after three years in the making.
Desire, for Sophie, is 'natural', "But is it natural to be taken and shaken while all that you want is to be charmed by an inexplicable mystery? Good sex is good for health, oh yes. Bad or boring sex is not." But this doesn't mean that we can't learn to satisfy these desires ourselves.
Promised Land by Daniel Harris provides the answer. Harris is a rare character: a passionate Manchester United fan, who retains the discipline to step away from the euphoria and provide a calmly forensic take on events at Old Trafford.
I've been away getting some winter sun for a little while (more on that later) and am currently at the mercy of my holiday souvenir - a nasty virus. So this week's post is a selection of things that have been making me smile despite my present grottiness.
The day the doctor told us our baby was a girl, I closed my eyes and hoped my daughter's adolescence would be less traumatic than mine.