Book Review – Tideline, by Penny Hancock

This is just a list of books that I have loved. If I don’t love it, it won’t be on here!

Tideline – Penny Hancock (

Right, I have to confess that my reasons for reading this book in the first place were commercial. Penny is a client of mine on the web design side of things and she gave me her book to read to help me understand her style and the tone of her writing. Having read the book though (in 3 days, which is very quick for a woman with NO spare time) I can honestly say it’s the best read I’ve had for quite a while. It’s the sort of book that when you’ve finished reading it, leaves you feeling as though something’s missing, as though you’re in mourning for the elation that comes from reading a really good story. If you’re a reader, then you know what I’m talking about.

If you enjoy a good British thriller but are a bit fed up of reading about scruffy (yet maverick) detectives then Tideline may be just what you’re looking for.

The story’s set in a house on the River Thames and is about a middle aged woman who decides to keep a young man who comes to her house to borrow some music. It’s an uncomfortable read at times because you can strongly feel the panic and confusion and claustrophobia of the boy and just want to know it’s all going to be alright. As the story progresses, we learn the woman’s story and the context of her decision, but even at the end when the twist is revealed, the reader is not entirely sure whether or not the hoped for Hollywood ending has actually happened.

Tideline, is different and original and disturbing and I would definitely recommend it.

Tideline is available from Amazon.


Easy Peasy Biscuit Recipe

I was on the hunt the other day for a very simple biscuit recipe with as few ingredients as possible and this is the one we decided to try and the results were pretty good. I got it from which has loads of good cake recipes on it. I also liked it as it contained less butter than lots of others I looked at. I actually adapted it a bit from the original and my version of the ingredients is below.

6oz (150g) plain flour
4oz (100g) butter
2oz (50g) sugar
1 desert spoon of vanilla extract.

Method (copied and pasted from the site with my changes in italics)

Pre-heat oven to 180°C/ 350°F/ Gas Mark 4
Sift the plain flour into a large mixing bowl and add the sugar (I don’t bother sifting)
Rub in the butter and bring mixture together
Add the vanilla extract (I found that the mixture was a bit too crumbly without it.)
Roll out to 1/4″ (6mm) thickness
Cut using a biscuit cutter
Place biscuits (using a palette knife) onto 2 or 3 lightly greased baking trays
Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown (I did it for 10 mins but we have a fan oven which tends to be hotter)

Don’t worry if it seems like the mixture is a bit crumbly as long as you can roll it and it sticks it’ll be fine and the end result is super tasty!