DUMP HIM! – Reviewing Rodham: What if Hillary Hadn’t Married Bill? by Curtis Sittenfeld

@BillClinton – I’d give this one a miss if I were you. When I heard that Curtis Sittenfeld had written an alternate version of the life of Hillary Rodham Clinton -minus the Clinton, obviously- my first thought was that it was a really ballsy novel to try and pull off. Did she succeed? A littleContinue reading “DUMP HIM! – Reviewing Rodham: What if Hillary Hadn’t Married Bill? by Curtis Sittenfeld”

Ancient Greeks, murderous geeks: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Are all Classics students this creepy? Donna Tartt’s international bestseller, The Secret History (1992), is easily one of the best books I’ve read this year. Maybe ever. I’ll try to summarise it but I doubt I’ll be able to do this novel justice: Steeped in ancient Greek allegory, The Secret History is a murder mysteryContinue reading “Ancient Greeks, murderous geeks: The Secret History by Donna Tartt”

Rethinking the Ripper with The Five – Hallie Rubenhold

The narrative surrounding the women killed by Jack the Ripper pretty much begins and ends at ‘they were just five prostitutes’. Hallie Rubenhold is here to change that. Giving a voice to the voiceless, Rubenhold’s meticulously researched work aims to set the record straight. Divided into five parts – ‘Polly’, ‘Annie’, ‘Elizabeth’, ‘Catherine’ and ‘Mary-Jane’Continue reading “Rethinking the Ripper with The Five – Hallie Rubenhold”

Book Club Round 1 – Brave New World Thoughts & Questions

It’s our first book club pick! Upon finishing Huxley’s Brave New World, I have to say I have mixed feelings about the novel itself, but we’ll get to that later. First, I’ve got a few questions to get you thinking: 1)A number of things in Huxley’s World Society seem to mirror aspects of our ownContinue reading “Book Club Round 1 – Brave New World Thoughts & Questions”

Book Club Round 2 – Queenie

For July’s Book Club pick, we have the sensational Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams, winner of the 2020 British Book Awards ‘book of the year’!!! **For thoughts and questions from last month’s Book Club pick, click here.** Candice Carty-Williams’ fantastic novel, Queenie, has dominated the book charts since its release in 2019. In London, we’re introducedContinue reading “Book Club Round 2 – Queenie”