Thursday, 25 July 2013

Not a cookbook!

Bloggie pals!



Beautiful and super talented Niamh Boyce of Words a Day blog debuts her wonderful book The Herbalist (published by Penguin) this year and I've read it and all I can say is "WOW"!

Imagine a literary equivalent of a Douglas Sirk film with gritty realism and plenty of heart!

Bestest of all she’s visiting me to answer my silly questions:

1) What is your favourite herb (s)? I love the scent of lemon thyme.

2) How could you do that to Carmel?! And Eliza* LOL!
I know! But it wasn’t me honestly - the characters in this book did as they pleased, all I could do was watch and weep...

*Eliza is a much loved pig.... and Carmel is my favourite character in the book!

Thank you lovely Niamh! And all the best with your guaranteed bestseller!

Thank you Old Kitty, it’s a pleasure to be here, and thank you for your kind words.

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The Herbalist:

Set in 1930’s small town Ireland, a seemingly exotic Herbalist appears in the market square and mesmerises a headstrong and precocious 17 year old Emily. But why do the other women of the town seek his expertise so surreptitiously?

Some more fab reviews for The Herbalist here!

A gazillion trillion super stars from me and paws up from the Gumster and Charlie!

49 comments:

William Kendall said...

Congratulations to Niamh!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Niamh, congratulations!!!

Tamago said...

Wow the book sounds great!
I love your post title...not a cookbook :-)

Manzanita said...

I bet Charlie is thinking how much he likes herbs. He is really studying the book cover.

klahanie said...

Aha, being um a bit of a sage, I shall go check out the link.

Old Kitty, how marvellous of you to bring this awareness of Niamh! :)

Penny's alleged human,

Gary
x

Pk Hrezo said...

It sounds great! Best of luck with it Nimah!

meowmeowmans said...

Old Kitty, Gumtree and Charlie -- that is a glowing review, indeed! We definitely want to read The Herbalist!

Nerissa said...

That's a LOT of stars!

Purrs,
Nissy

Clarissa Draper said...

Sounds like a fabulous book.

Pasha said...

Anything that Charlie touches will turn into gold! :)

laughingwolf said...

sounds great :)

Prancer Pie said...

Mommy is squealing with delight! She loves book reviews.
Have a happy Thursday! xoxo

Mark said...

It sounds quite good. I know how she feels about characters doing what they please too. To me that's a sign of a good book, and a well written one.

The Furries of Whisppy said...

Sounds like a good read! We love the name Eliza for a piggy!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi old Kitty - clever Niamh .. she has written a great book by the sound of it ... Ireland is full of lore, so I imagine this is a good read ..

Congratulations .. and yes lemon thyme is lovely ... good luck - Hilary

Madeleine Sara said...

This sounds very intriguing. I love the idea of learning about herbs and remedies. Hugs also to Charlie, Gumtree and Old Kitty x

Jemi Fraser said...

Sounds like a powerful story! :)

Rene said...

Sounds like an interesting read. I will have to check it out. You might enjoy The Orchardist--a fiction read I read not long ago.

cleemckenziebooks said...

The era intrigues me and I love lemon thyme.

cleemckenziebooks said...

The era intrigues me and I love lemon thyme.

Margo Berendsen said...

I have thyme in my garden and I have to say it's my favorite smelling herb too, though I love basil best for seasoning.

Set in 1930s in Ireland??? I'm so tempted...

Athena said...

Sounds like a great book. I'll get my mum to check it out :)

da tabbies o trout towne said...

thanx for de ree view guys...this book sounds awesum...knot ta men shun R mom loves all things irish & herbs....N uz....de trout :)

Crystal Collier said...

This one's on my list. I've heard such wonderful things, and can't wait to read it!

Swami Zoe said...

Herbs are wonderful! Me-Ommmmm

Brian said...

That really does sound like a good read, thanks for telling us about it!

ABBY said...

That sounds very intriguing!

Romance Reader said...

Wow, sounds intriguing! Thanks for letting us know.

Nas

Stephen Tremp said...

It's great to meet Niamh Boyce and best wishes to her and The Herbalist!

I think Herbalist translates into Catnip for Charlie and Gumtree.

tfwalsh said...

Congrats. The book sounds very interesting:)

Jasper Jazzbones said...

Does the book have a catnip section?

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This sounds like a wonderful book! I will have to look for it. Congrats to Niamh!

I'm so glad you enjoyed my post on the quilt show! They were such beautiful works of the heart and imagination!

D..J. Kirkby said...

What a gorgeous cover! Congratulations Niamh.

Words A Day said...

Thanks for hosting me and my book, and a million thanks too, to your lovely bloggie friends for their comments, it been the perfect grand finale for the blog tour :)

fairyhedgehog said...

It looks like I need to get hold of a copy then!

Norma Beishir said...

Congratulations, Niamh!

Medeia Sharif said...

Congratulations to Niamh. It sounds like an interesting read.

Safe Haven Hotel said...

Thanks for the endorsement of the book - I LOVE to read and will absolutely look this one up!

Love the said kitty relaxing on top - so cute!

DWei said...

Everyone's publishing books and I'm just sitting here blogging.

Hilary McGrath said...

Loved The Herbalist (my review at http://hilarymcgrathraza.blogspot.fr/). Hope Niamh is scribbling away on something new cause I'm already looking forward to it!

Cheri Wildcatwoods said...

Sounds like a good read!

rumpydog.com said...

Wow! I might have to check this out!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

The herbalist sounds really interesting. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Nas said...

I have to check this out. Sounds really interesting.

mshatch said...

I have heard about this book! Congratulations to Niamh

Esme said...

I am going to check this out-I just finished reading a book set in England that was spectacular.

Theresa Milstein said...

I loved this book. Even when I wanted to throttle the characters. I'm so glad I am a woman today with the choices I have rather than a woman then.

I want this book to sell millions of copies!

DMS said...

This book sounds fascinating. Love the cover! Thanks for sharing and the introduction to Niamh! :)
~Jess

rinrinflu said...

Cats are so intelligent.. They also like the diarys! :) I'm a new follower hahaha