About Me


I am a full-time mature student of English and History, a mother of five and a full time foster carer, who escapes into the wonderful world of books. I am a contributor to Irish Times, Sunday Independent. writing.ie, booksireland.com and Indulgeme.ie. I am the book guru on LMFM's Late Lunch and co-host bookishpodcast with Bob Johnstonof Gutter Bookshop. I write freelance articles for magazines and websites and was recently on a panel of experts at Wexford Literary Festival and hosted a panel at Kildare Readers Festival. 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 YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUgbiKaXP9Ta-LfIhONGx8A 


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.


  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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