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Books: 5 From the ‘To Be Read’ Pile

Any parallel universe is possible within the pages of a novel, a memoir and, indeed, from my perspective, a cookbook (or several) too. I have faith that the ‘To Be Read’  (TBR) list will never diminish. I live to indulge my inner bookworm and often wonder what will be the last book I ever read, […]Read More

Book Review: Washington Black // Esi Edugyan

Washington Black, Esi Edugyan’s historical adventure first released in 2018, begins in the ruthless landscape of the Caribbean sugar trade of the 19th century, and the lives of those broken beneath it. It is within this hellish setting that the novel’s protagonist, the titular Washington ‘Wash’ Black, has lived his entire childhood under the merciless […]Read More

Our Favourite 5 Escapist Novels

As a nation, we are all looking for a little bit of escapism in these strange times. Arecent report by The Guardian found that many of us are turning to books, withthe average adult’s reading time in lockdown having almost doubled.Where crowds of characters in film and TV often give us a visual reminder of […]Read More

Book Review: Frankissstein // Jeanette Winterson

Frankissstein is an ambitious attempt to tell two stories whilst asking questions about identity and personhood. Whilst it comes close to success in its first objective, its second is a resounding failure. Despite failing to meaningfully engage with any of its targeted topics, though it does at times coming tantalisingly close, it is still an […]Read More

Orwell’s Essays: Relevancy In Modernity

George Orwell is without a doubt one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. His novels such as Animal Farm and 1984 have been cited countless times over the past 80 years and you need only read them to see why. Orwell gained his fame through his outspoken stance on topics such as […]Read More

Books: Poetry as a Source of Catharsis

“For women, then, poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action.” — Audre Lorde In recent years, poetry has […]Read More

Book Review: Normal People // Sally Rooney

I remember when Normal People came out in 2018. There were hundreds of copies stacked from floor to ceiling in Waterstones (it’s vastly popular and a multiple award-winner) but, for some reason, I avoided making the purchase. However, when the recent BBC series came out and I watched the first episode, I couldn’t help but […]Read More

My Journey Through a Literary Labyrinth

The best way to learn someone’s secret is to have them write a story.  “So it really happened?” one reviewer demanded. “The professor made her do. . .that in exchange for raising her boyfriend’s grade?” The author—still under a mandate of silence—shrugged. “Is it based on your life?” someone else slyly asked. Nostrils flared, eyes […]Read More

Novels to Read While Self-Isolating

During these dubious and unprecedented days many of us will be spending isolated, I often find that the antidote for my anxiety comes in the form of an engrossing and powerful novel. As these next few weeks will undoubtedly be unsettling, here is a compilation of novels which offer a mental escape from these harrowing and fraught times. Read More

Book Review: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the

By the end of the first page, we are immediately immersed into the unconventional mind of Janina, dismissed by everyone around her as merely a mad old woman, yet endlessly insightful and imperfectly attuned to the world around her. This comic tale of death and vengeance is richly philosophical and oddly humorous, written in witty, melancholic prose, it is an ode to anyone whose sanity is questioned purely because they refuse to conform to society’s ‘norm’. Read More

My Books of the 2010’s – Emma Morgan

Florida (2018) Lauren Groff’s second collection of short stories, Florida, plunges us into a hot and humid world, where swamp creatures slither over the thresholds of human existence, and tensions drip from rain-soaked leaves. It stages a multi-faceted exploration of a domesticity fraying at its edges, eroded by a pervasive sense of societal, political and […]Read More

Book Review: The New Me

“In the windowless back offices of a designer furniture showroom, women stand in a circle, stuffed into ill-fitting black jeans, grey jeans, olive jeans […] One of them is explaining something from her real, nonwork life, something about returning something she bought online – the frustration and indignity of the experience”. So begins Halle Butler’s […]Read More

It’s Not Ok To Feel Blue – and Other Lies

Usually when I submit an article for review, it is indeed that, a review. But when I picked up Scarlett Curtis’ It’s Not Ok To Feel Blue – and Other Lies I realised that in no way, could I even think about reviewing such a book as this. I’m writing this, simply, because it’s something […]Read More