Sarah Broadhurst - Editorial Expert

About Sarah Broadhurst

Sarah Broadhurst spent her early working life in the book trade in both retail and wholesale until the arrival of children forced her to look for freelance work she could do from home.

Her position of paperback buyer in Hatchards and then director of a book wholesale company gave her a wide knowledge of all sectors of the trade. She felt the trade lacked unbiased opinion, every publisher had the “best thing since sliced bread” and she knew the trade would benefit from an independent overview of the book published each month. She sold her idea to the trade journal The Bookseller and has, for the last 25 years, been writing a monthly article (from home!) on the new paperbacks on offer.

Over the years her opinion has become highly valued in the trade and she has become an expert in her field, contributing to many radio and television shows and reviewing in a wide range of newspapers and magazines from the Daily Express to Good Housekeeping.

Her speciality is supporting new authors. Writers who have atough time getting recognised. She has backed unknown first novels from the likes of Terry Pratchett, Joanna Trollope and Minette Walters and joins us now in introducing some of the unknown stars of the future to you.

Latest Reviews By Sarah Broadhurst

`Reading is a form of escape and an avid reader is an escape artist...' By the age of ten precocious Sally, the author, had read all of Agatha Christies’s novels and moved on to Jane Eyre and David Copperfield.  Miss Marple, Jane herself, Peggotty, these were her role models and companions.  She invented back stories for them, different endings, had conversations and wove them in and out of her own life.  We learn all this in delightful, fanciful snippets.  In the same way we learn of the author’s traumatic childhood  ... View Full Review
The explosive new thriller from Sarah Pinborough, author of the NUMBER ONE Sunday Times bestseller Behind Her Eyes. Lisa has a sixteen-year old daughter Ava.  They are close.  She has one good friend, a work colleague, Marilyn.  These three are our narrators with a few media and legal commentaries interwoven between them.  It is a tale that shifts back and forth in time.  Lisa has a dreadful secret that emerges when Ava saves a toddler’s life and the press move in.  Ava then turns against her mother and we, the reader, get ... View Full Review
May 2018 Debut of the Month Our narrator Jasper is thirteen years old.  He has synaesthesia which means he hears sounds, voices etc as colours and recognises individual by those colours and not by any physical appearances.  We spend nearly a hundred pages learning about the disadvantages of such a condition becoming aware of many of the lad’s traits which are similar to autism.  He lives in a confused world misinterpreting interactions and events and “blowing up” in panic attacks.  It makes for harrowing reading.  A couple of years ago his mother ... View Full Review
Henry dies on page 11 in a dreadful cycling accident. Grace is waiting for him to join her viewing another house. Their life together stretching out in front of them is cut dead. Grace is forced to cope and it is that coping and healing that this highly accomplished author leaves us through. There has to be a buried secret, it is that sort of book, but the secret, when revealed, is totally unexpected by all parties except Henry’s parents. They have long buried it and are loathe to face it. Now, of course, the twist unwinds and Grace ... View Full Review
April 2018 Book of the Month In Solomon Creed we were introduced to a mysterious hero, a Jack Reacher/Superman cross with shades of Jason Bourne.  This is his second adventure which, if you’ve not read the first you will certainly be compelled to do so after this.  He is an unusual and involving hero who may or may not be linked to an ancient tomb some 4000 years old or the holocaust now 70 years ago.  He has no memory but an inner drive to do things the reason for which he has no inkling.  I ... View Full Review
April 2018 Book of the Month 'A gloriously uplifting story about love in all its forms from the Number One Sunday Times bestselling author of The Reading Group and Things I Want My Daughters to Know.' This author has certainly not lost her touch despite it being six years since her last book.  This is warm, affectionate, engaging and insightful.  Well written with well portrayed characters who interconnect with each other in a tale that grabs your interest from the first chapters and holds it to the satisfying final page.  The story revolves around two women, young ... View Full Review
The Song of Achilles was a beautiful and evocative retelling of a Greek myth which well deserved its praise and prize.  It is possible that this second offering is even better.  The language is poetic with not a word wasted, a real joy to read.  I remember Circe was one of the challenges met by Odysseus, the one who turned men into pigs.  The beautiful character who narrates this story is that same “wicked witch” but a far cry from how Homer portrayed her.  She is lovely, misunderstood, wilful and brilliant, a strong ... View Full Review
April 2018 Book of the Month “It’s a bit weird,” says Danny to James and indeed it is.  Here are two thirty-six year old single young men who were once rival star scholars at an elite public boarding school now damaged.  Danny was the scholarship student from a council estate, James an upper-class lad from wealthy parents.  Both have sunk into a pit.  How they got there and are desperately trying to climb out makes for a sensitive and highly compulsive read.  Danny suffered loss and has been unable to get over ... View Full Review
Two voices: a damaged mother, Josephine, remembering her past and failing to cope with the present, and her 10 year old daughter Claire, on the cusp of puberty, who takes good care of her younger brother Thomas. The publisher tells us of a dark secret which we discover on page 81, but 155 pages later it is all turned on it’s head and poor Josephine sinks into despair. She comes from a large Irish family of six siblings and has married a truly lovely man, Michael, but her drinking and depression defeat even him. Claire describes her life in minute detail ... View Full Review
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2018 | Category Winner for the Costa Book Awards 2017, First Novel Award |   It is the standard reply when people ask,  “How are you?” ....you say “I’m fine.” Well, Eleanor is most definitely not fine and has not been since she was 10 years old. Shifted from one foster home to another, she does eventually go to university where she ends up in an abusive relationship. On graduation she gets a job in the accounts department of a graphic designer and there she is when we meet her, aged 31 ... View Full Review
Manon Bradshaw of Missing, Presumed is back only she is now pregnant, attached to the Cambridgeshire police but working on cold cases until a murder occurs close to the school her adopted son attends.  He is arrested for it.  He is 12-years old.  Written in alternative chapters between herself and a man who was once her junior, DS Davy Walker and a good friend, we follow the detail of police procedure over thirty-two days, straddling Christmas.  Davy gives us the detail, Manon the family drama, spotted in between is the odd narrative from a ... View Full Review
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2018 A huge book both in scope and length, it begins with the journals of a landscape gardener building a great park in 1663 then moves to 1961 and follows the lives of a large group of friends and extended family up to 1989. Complex relationships, infidelities, petty betrayals, great loves play out against the grand landscape. Occasional first person inserts by different characters add a depth to the narrative and a new perspective to the situations. The writing is lovely and now and then a turn of phrase would stop me in my tracks. It is a ... View Full Review