Sisters is the new novel from Daisy Johnson, the Booker shortlisted author of Everything Under. It is an eerily beautiful Gothic novel about family bonds, and in particular the strong sibling connection between sisters September and July. Johnson encapsulates so much in this concise novel; it is a family drama, a coming of age novel, … Continue reading Review: Sisters – Daisy Johnson
When I first heard about The Jane Austen Society, I knew it sounded like exactly what I was looking for right now - a story about village life, community and the love of reading. It is set in the 1940s in the village of Chawton in Hampshire, where Jane Austen lived for several years. I grew … Continue reading Blog Tour: The Jane Austen Society – Natalie Jenner
So it's fair to say that reading and blogging has felt a bit different over the last few months, like most things! In some ways, it has been quite freeing - since at the moment I sometimes find myself completely struggling to get into a new book, I gave myself full license to just read … Continue reading March and April: That’s a Wrap!
I absolutely love short stories, and this fierce, feminist collection is an absolute winner! It has been a little while since I got properly stuck into a short story collection, and after I'd written reams of notes about the first story (which is about 6 pages long), I remembered why a good short story is … Continue reading Review: She-Clown and Other Stories – Hannah Vincent
This is very much a case of 'better late than never'! Although we're now well into March, here are the books that I read in February... It was a good old mix of fiction and non-fiction, new recommendations and books that have been on my list for a while. The Animals at Lockwood Manor, by … Continue reading February: That’s a Wrap!
Topics of Conversation, by Miranda Popkey presents a series of moments in one woman's life - from her student days, to marriage, to single motherhood. These different snapshots of her life read almost as a series of short stories, following chronologically through her life.These experiences of life as a woman are varied - free; oppressive; … Continue reading Review: Topics of Conversation – Miranda Popkey
Hello lovely book people! Well, January finally came to an end, after lasting about a million years! I didn't really mind that though, as feel like I needed to take a bit of time to get back into the swing of things after the end of year rush and busyness. I also feel like the … Continue reading January: That’s a Wrap!
Having absolutely loved Libby Page's The Lido, I was extremely excited to get my hands on The 24-Hour Cafe, which has just published this month. Page's next novel takes place over the course of 24 hours, in a cafe near Liverpool Street station. Stella's is open all hours of the day and night, for weary … Continue reading Blog Tour: The 24-Hour Café -Libby Page
This book was one of my most anticipated books of 2020 - I actually haven't read Unsworth's hugely acclaimed Animals yet, but the description of Adults just immediately grabbed me. It sounded like a warm and hugely funny take on what it is like to be a woman in her 30s in the modern world, … Continue reading Review: Adults – Emma Jane Unsworth
All the Water in The World tells of a family trying to come to terms with terrible tragedy: Maddy, only sixteen, has been diagnosed with cancer. These terrible circumstances expose the beautiful and complex bond between a mother and her daughter. The story is told in alternating chapters between Maddy and her mother Eve. What … Continue reading Review: All the Water in The World – Karen Raney