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”

My Summer Reading List 2020

Originally, this post was going to be a list of beach reads that aren’t crap, i.e. ones that aren’t called ‘the secret WAG’ and don’t revolve around missing kids (think Gwen in Gavin and Stacey reading ‘Please Mummy, No!’ and it’s sequel, ‘Daddy, please don’t!’). But as holidays are off the cards for the foreseeableContinue reading “My Summer Reading List 2020”

Dominicana – Angie Cruz

One word: Unputdownable. …is that actually a word? lol Oooh we have another 5 star review, this time for Dominicana!! After loving Girl, Woman, Other, I decided to make it my mission to read all the books shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. I’m excited to see so many incredible women writers getting theContinue reading “Dominicana – Angie Cruz”

Let’s Talk About Little Women

Welcome to the Jo March Appreciation Society! The girl must be aching from carrying the entirety of Little Women on her shoulders. Little Women is the coming-of-age story of four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March – during the American Civil War. Once rich and now living on a modest income, each ofContinue reading “Let’s Talk About Little Women”

Beautiful Literature by Black Writers

Literature continues to be one of the most powerful forms of expression, allowing writers to authentically share their lived experiences in their own words. However, the literary canon has remained exclusive; home to mostly upper-class, white people and leaving little room for anyone else. In memory of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and theContinue reading “Beautiful Literature by Black Writers”

Classic Novels For People Who Don’t Like Classic Novels

Have you ever seen those articles that are like ‘100 novels you ABSOLUTELY MUST read before you die’?? And there’s always ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy’, or worse ‘Middlemarch‘. That’s what I’m trying to avoid here. If you’re someone that has tried reading those big novels in the English canon but you actuallyContinue reading “Classic Novels For People Who Don’t Like Classic Novels”