Topics of Conversation: Desire, Difficult Conversations and An Even More Difficult Narrator

Topics of Conversation: Desire, Difficult Conversations and An Even More Difficult Narrator

I’m writing this review feeling just a little bit unsure what I have just read because Topics of Conversation is unlike anything else I’ve read. An unreliable and at times unlikable narrator draws out, often inadvertently, the deepest secrets of those women she meets whilst also ruminating on her own existence. Miranda Popkey does not [...]

Blackberry and Wild Rose and The Heavens: Both Brilliant Books, But Both Could Be So Much More

Blackberry and Wild Rose and The Heavens: Both Brilliant Books, But Both Could Be So Much More

Dear reader, you find me once again in a bit of a dilemma. If you follow me on Instagram or happen to read my reviews on here then you’ll know that I’m a fan of a bit of historical fiction and of a bit of magical realism. In fact I’d say these are the two [...]

A Little Life: A Not So Small Tale of Male Friendship And What It Is To Be Human

A Little Life: A Not So Small Tale of Male Friendship And What It Is To Be Human

Reader I am in a pickle. A Little Life is a book so epic in its scope, so challenging in its subject matter and frankly so devastating that the simple act of writing a review of it has me stumped. Where do I begin? How do I do this modern classic (and internet favourite) justice? [...]

The Girl Who Smiled Beads: An authentic, honest and fresh story about war and its effects

The Girl Who Smiled Beads: An authentic, honest and fresh story about war and its effects

Having read Clemantine Wamariya  harrowing, human and ultimately hopeful account of her childhood as a refugee fleeing the civil war in Rwanda I’m genuinely unsure how to write a review. Partly because the central theme of this story is Warmariya attempt to find her voice, to take the pain and suffering of her young life [...]

The Familiars: A sumptuous gothic tale based on real historical events

The Familiars: A sumptuous gothic tale based on real historical events

My mother always said I cared too much what people thought, but really I cared too much about what people said, especially when my back was turned. Thoughts were private, rumour was not…”  You’re probably noticing a bit of a theme with my recent reviews - namely that I have raved about every single book. [...]