Agnes Shakespeare, An Icon – Reading Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

A stunning insight into the people surrounding the most famous writer in the English-speaking world, Hamnet is a novel like no other. When I picked up Hamnet I had no idea that I’d be delving into the world of William Shakespeare and family, specifically the death of his 11 year-old son, Hamnet, which went ontoContinue reading “Agnes Shakespeare, An Icon – Reading Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell”

I hope this book doesn’t give Elon Musk any ideas – Reading Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

haven’t felt this much emotion for a robot since WALL-E 🙁 Kazuo Ishiguro’s ability to make difficult, dystopian concepts so entirely plausible is unmatched – it really is no wonder that he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017. In his new novel, Klara and the Sun, he delves into a world muchContinue reading “I hope this book doesn’t give Elon Musk any ideas – Reading Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro”

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”