Men Explain Things to Me: And Other Essays, by Rebecca Solnit (2014)

Like most people, I am familiar with the term 'mansplaining'. I've also heard a fair bit of excitement about Rebecca Solnit as an interesting writer. Her essay Men Explain Things to Me is the origin of the term, something I only learned seeing the word in circulation - when it first became a thing there… Continue reading Men Explain Things to Me: And Other Essays, by Rebecca Solnit (2014)

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The Women of the Castle by Jessica Shattuck (2017)

[A side note: in the US, the title is The Women in the Castle.] I’ve always been interested in the literature of the Second World War, ever since a course on the Literatures of Genocide at university. I’ve read history books, personal accounts, and novels such as Alone in Berlin and City of Women; so,… Continue reading The Women of the Castle by Jessica Shattuck (2017)

Gone: A Girl, A Violin, A Life Unstrung by Min Kym

This book was one of the few review copies I have been accepting recently, and I'm glad I decided to read and review it, because it's something a little different - but once I got into it I realised it actually is the sort of thing I like. Gone: A Girl, A Violin, A Life… Continue reading Gone: A Girl, A Violin, A Life Unstrung by Min Kym

The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown

I have read a couple of books about English witch trials, and the history of why they happened, so this book wasn't entirely new ground for me - but is certainly an original take on the period the events. The Witchfinder's Sister gives the infamous Matthew Hopkins a fictional sister in the form of Alice,… Continue reading The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown

The Good People by Hannah Kent

Like many readers I loved Hannah Kent's first novel Burial Rites (2013), so I had high expectations for The Good People. Like its predecessor it is set in the first half of the 19th century, this time in 1820s Ireland. Also like Burial Rites, it features unhappy women as its central characters. The blurb dedicates… Continue reading The Good People by Hannah Kent

Beware the Hype: My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

  My Name is Lucy Barton has been included on the longlist for the Man Booker Prize 2016, and so understandably it’s quite popular at the moment generating a bit of hype. Almost every review I have read (both in newspapers/magazines and online) has been favourable, mentioning the beauty of the writing and the emotional… Continue reading Beware the Hype: My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Best of 2012: After Such Kindness by Gaynor Arnold

In August I wrote my first review for Fiction Uncovered (my only so far but there will hopefully be more!) - the book in question was After Such Kindness by Gaynor Arnold. I hadn't heard of it until Fiction Uncovered sent it to me, and I'm so glad they did. The novel is 'inspired by… Continue reading Best of 2012: After Such Kindness by Gaynor Arnold

Best of 2012: When Nights Were Cold by Susanna Jones

I've decided not to write about my best books of 2012 in any sort of order - though I have one or two that stand out as favourites I've decided not to do a Top 10, or to write chronologically. However, by chance, the first book in my Best of 2012 series was published in… Continue reading Best of 2012: When Nights Were Cold by Susanna Jones

Instructions For A Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell

Instructions For A Heatwave is the sixth novel from the extremely popular Maggie O'Farrell, one of the titles from new imprint Tinder Press, and the first of her books I have read. O'Farrell was yet another one of those authors I had always heard good things about but for some reason had never actually read. To… Continue reading Instructions For A Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell

Impromptu visit to see Neil Gaiman at The Cambridge Theatre

While I finish off my review of Freshta I thought I'd share with you the pictures I managed to take on Monday night. Now, I'm currently an intern at Duckworth Publishers, and my boss Jamie had a ticket for Monday night, but was too ill to go, so very kindly gave it to me. This… Continue reading Impromptu visit to see Neil Gaiman at The Cambridge Theatre