No Place to Lay One’s Head by Françoise Frenkel (1945), trans. Stephanie Smee

I came across Bookish Beck's review of No Place to Lay One's Head last month and knew I just had to read it. It is the memoir of Françoise Frenkel, a Jewish woman from Poland who opened the first French-language bookshop in Berlin, in 1921. She had studied in France, and when on a visit… Continue reading No Place to Lay One’s Head by Françoise Frenkel (1945), trans. Stephanie Smee

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She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor (2011)

She-Wolves was one of those books that I had heard about for ages, and kept meaning to read, but for some reason never got around to - laziness, too many other books to read, a million reasons. So I decided to put it on my wish list for Christmas and birthday books last year, and… Continue reading She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor (2011)

Elmet by Fiona Mozley (2017) – shortlisted for The Sunday Times / Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer Of The Year Award, in association with The University of Warwick

Elmet has been nominated for a lot of awards, most famously the Man Booker Prize in 2017, but I have to admit I hadn't heard of it before it came to me as part of the shortlist for the Young Writer of the Year Award 2018. Once I started reading I wasn't surprised that it… Continue reading Elmet by Fiona Mozley (2017) – shortlisted for The Sunday Times / Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer Of The Year Award, in association with The University of Warwick

The Peters Fraser And Dunlop/Sunday Times Young Writer Of The Year Award – Shortlist Reveal!

As I ~may~ have mentioned, I am on the shadow panel for this year's Young Writer of the Year Award - and today the shortlist has been announced! Here they are: Kings of the Yukon: An Alaskan River Journey by Adam Weymouth (Particular Books) Kings of the Yukon is about Adam Weymouth's journey in a… Continue reading The Peters Fraser And Dunlop/Sunday Times Young Writer Of The Year Award – Shortlist Reveal!

Agrippina: Empress, Exile, Hustler, Whore by Emma Southon (2018)

I was particularly excited to read this biography of Agrippina the Younger for a couple of reasons: I had only vaguely heard of her and was keen to know more about a real Roman woman, and I also pledged to support this book on its publisher's website. As you may know, Unbound is a crowd-funding… Continue reading Agrippina: Empress, Exile, Hustler, Whore by Emma Southon (2018)

The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial by Maggie Nelson (2007)

I came across The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial in my GoodReads recommendations, and thought it seemed almost like the perfect book for me - a memoir about family history, women, and crime. The crime element particularly appealed to me as the book details Maggie Nelson's experience of the trial of the man of may… Continue reading The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial by Maggie Nelson (2007)

A Little Bird Told Me by Marianne Holmes (2018)

As some readers may know, I don't accept review copies very often, as I always have too many unread books already on my shelves - but I made an exception for A Little Bird Told Me by Marianne Holmes, as it seemed intriguing. A young woman named Robyn returns to her home town, along with… Continue reading A Little Bird Told Me by Marianne Holmes (2018)

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin (2016)

I first read Shirley Jackson a few years ago, and saw this biography advertised shortly after - and immediately wanted to read it. Even before I'd read Jackson's work I was intrigued by her and her life, and of course a biography is the perfect way to explore that. If you've ever read any of… Continue reading Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin (2016)

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf (2012)

This is one of those books that I have no memory of first discovering - but somehow it made its way on to my radar, and my GoodReads TBR. I am fascinated by the true crime genre, and so my interest in My Friend Dahmer came from that. I'm the kind of person who has… Continue reading My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf (2012)

Emma by Jane Austen (1816)

I still have two more Jane Austen novels to read but I have wanted to read Emma for the longest, and wanted to read it the most, if that makes sense. Ever since I learned that one of my favourite films, Clueless, was loosely based on it, Emma has loomed large on my TBR. After… Continue reading Emma by Jane Austen (1816)