The Book Club 2021

The Book Club is back for 2021 and we’re beginning this year’s reading journey in February, which is LGBT+ History Month. To celebrate, we’ve got a slightly bigger selection of beautiful works by some of the greatest authors of the last century, from groundbreaking classics to informative new fiction. As always, I’ll put a pollContinue reading “The Book Club 2021”

Christmas Gift Guide 2020

Look at us. Who would have thought that, by Christmas, Bristol would be in Tier 3, we’d still be unable to see friends and Wales would have gotten way too into the spirit of the roaring 20s with nationwide prohibition? Not me! But, as we know from all of the corporate Christmas adverts on tellyContinue reading “Christmas Gift Guide 2020”

You are my Beloved. You are mine. You are mine. – Reading Beloved by Toni Morrison

Spellbinding, heartbreaking, terrifying. Morrison’s masterpiece will literally leave you speechless. Ahh I haven’t written a blog post in a very, very long time so forgive me if my writing is a bit rusty. To be fair, I’m sure anyone trying to write about Toni Morrison’s Beloved (1987) has a hard time putting this novel intoContinue reading “You are my Beloved. You are mine. You are mine. – Reading Beloved by Toni Morrison”

Halloween BooOOok Club

Our book club pick for Halloween is Angela Carter’s horror-filled collection of short stories, The Bloody Chamber. What an incredible choice, once again. We truly are on fire with the book club picks. I am super excited to read The Bloody Chamber, it’s hailed as one of the 20th Century’s greatest collections of short storiesContinue reading “Halloween BooOOok Club”

Let’s get spooky – I read the Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

What, you’re telling me you’ve never spent the summer in a mysterious isolated house in the middle of nowhere with a group of people you don’t know after being invited by a doctor that you’ve never met? So, I started The Haunting of Hill House (1959) in July and never finished it. But with theContinue reading “Let’s get spooky – I read the Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson”

Swimming in the Dark – Thoughts and Questions

I’m not crying, you are. Our Book Club pick for September was the incredible Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jedrowski, a coming-of-age love story set in Soviet-controlled Poland. A one-way ticket to heartbreak city and a dive into an otherwise forgotten slice of history, this has to be one of my favourite books ofContinue reading “Swimming in the Dark – Thoughts and Questions”

Ohh, she’s COMMUNIST communist – Reading Guns Under the Bed by Jody Forrester

USA. LBJ. LSD. We’re going back to the swinging 60s, except this time, McCarthyism is long gone so we’re joining a hierarchical communist revolutionary group, carrying ammunition and sticking it to the man, comrade. A few weeks ago, the lovely people at Odyssey Books sent me Jody Forrester’s new book, Guns Under the Bed, toContinue reading “Ohh, she’s COMMUNIST communist – Reading Guns Under the Bed by Jody Forrester”