About Me


I am a freelance book reviewer who contributes to The Sunday Independent, The Irish Times and LMFM Radio. I'm an  English (research) postgrad and a mother of five who escapes into the wonderful world of books. I  also contribute  writing.ie, booksireland.com and Indulgeme.ie. I am the book guru on LMFM's Late Lunch and co-host bookishpodcast with Bob Johnston of Gutter Bookshop, Dublin. I write freelance articles for magazines and websites and have was on a panel of experts at Wexford Literary Festival and hosted a panel at Kildare Readers Festival. I am also part of the An Post Irish Book Awards Acadamy. My reviews are honest, as I review for readers and not writers or publishers.  If the book was received from an author or publisher I will state this in the review. I am also on Facebook at Bleach House Library, twitter @margaretbmadden and and on YouTube, for reviews and author interviews.


I review contemporary fiction, crime thrillers, literary fiction, autobiographies, non-fiction, female fiction and children's books.  I DO NOT read or review sci-fi or fantasy.  Please contact me before sending me your book, as receiving non-solicited post can result in a delay of review.   As I am just one person, with a large family, I read approx. 3-5 titles per week.  I choose from my TBR pile at random so if you have sent a book for review, and you are wondering why it has not appeared on the blog,  it is most likely because I have not had a chance to get to it yet.  It is NOT because I didn't like it and couldn't be arsed telling you.  
I review honestly, and for readers not writers or publishers.

Some reviews are featured on the blog, while other are reviewed on LMFM or youtube. Newspaper review titles are assigned by the books editors.


  1. I discovered you through another link; can't remember where. I just realized that your giveaways may only be available to those that live in Ireland. Thought I better check. I've been reading your reviews and entering the giveaways.Sorry. Please let me know whether or not it's open internationally. Thanks. :)

    1. Oops. Forgot to give you my email: bluedawn95864@gmail.com

  2. All giveaways INT, unless stated. Happy reading ;)


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