Book Club Round 3 – Escapism

The people have spoken! Our book club pick for August is the incredible One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. We are in for an absolute treat this month! Written by Nobel Prize winning author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude is considered his masterpiece: ‘…the story of seven generations ofContinue reading “Book Club Round 3 – Escapism”

Book Club Round 3 – Escapism

I, for one, am bored. Bored of corona, bored of flights being cancelled and bored of stressing out every time I clear my throat in public. If I hear the words ‘second wave’ being thrown around one more time, I will projectile vomit. So, I think what our book club needs in order to endContinue reading “Book Club Round 3 – Escapism”

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”