• Review: The Art of Doing Nothing and Something: Pottering as a Cure for Modern Life by Anna McGovern

    One of the most silliest, most oddest, most charming books you’ll read. When, in the opening pages, I was given detailed instructions on how to make a cup of tea, I wasn’t quite sure what to think. By the end, I got it. Not one to read cover to cover in one sitting, just pick […]

  • Review: Idle Hands by Cassondra Windwalker

    An interesting, but flawed book. Perdie is a victim of domestic violence, and with Ella (the Devil) looking over her shoulder, waiting to influence outcomes, she has an opportunity to try a different route through her life. Interesting, because it was a good idea, kind of like a Sliding Doors concept. Flawed, because I felt […]

  • Review: How Should One Read a Book? by Virginia Woolf

    An interesting speech given by Virginia Woolf to some students, edited into an essay. A quick half hour read, lovely for free, not sure I’d feel the same after paying the £7 price tag… Book supplied by Netgalley for an honest review. See review on Goodreads.

  • Review: Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman

    This is a fantastic read. Bregman’s premise is that humans are a pretty decent species, and not the monsters that the media portrays through dodgy reporting and dubious science. The sections where he tears into widely reported examples of human selfishness and aggression – such as the Stanford Prison Experiment, the Milgram experiment, the self-destruction […]

  • Review: Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Geoffrey Trousselot

    Before the Coffee Gets Cold is definitely a marmite book – you’ll hate it or love it. The story is undeniably charming, well structured and original. The issue is with the writing. Forget what you’ve been told about good writing – “don’t jump point of view”, “show, don’t tell”, “trust the intelligence of the reader” […]

  • Review: A Girl Made of Air by Nydia Hetherington

    This beautifully written debut novel follows an unamed tight-rope walker (called Mouse by her friend) – her ups, her downs, and her bad but well intended decisions. The magical realism is nicely played, and the story structure is excellently created. The reason why I gave it 4 stars and not 5, was the narrators voice […]

  • Review: The Doors of Eden by Adrian Tchaikovsky

    This is the second book by Adrian that I’ve read, the first being Walking to Aldebaran. Both are well written, with strong plotting, but this one would be my least favourite. The Doors of Eden took a long time to not go very far. The cat & mouse chasing, well, rats & trolls, could’ve been […]

  • Review: A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill

    A Cosmology of Monsters is described as a literary horror novel, which isn’t a bad description. The plotting is strong, especially for a first novel, but I found the writing style barren and unemotional. I got used to it by the end, but it did feel like I was reading a newspaper account rather than […]

  • Review: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

    The Vanishing Half delves into identity – does colour, or sex, define you? Or is that just the given, and you can identify and become whoever you choose? The book spans 30-40 years – following the lives of two young twins living in Jim Crow southern states, where being black means you can be killed […]

  • Review: The Better Half: On the Genetic Superiority of Women by Sharon Moalem

    Men have XY chromosomes, women have two Xs. That extra X gives women a level of redundancy – if something bad happens, whether that be dodgy DNA or an infectious disease, the female body can chose between those two Xs and select the stronger. As a result, women live longer healthier lives. That’s the jist […]

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