Reimagining the Women's Prize

Orange Prize for Fiction Longlist 1996

Unfortunately, after posting for nineteen consecutive days, my goal of posting every day during the month of January has failed. However, it is only because I was accompanying a resident to hospital last night that I didn't manage to post, so I cannot be upset that I didn't quite reach my goal. The resident is… Continue reading Orange Prize for Fiction Longlist 1996

Book Reviews

Book Review – The Family Upstairs

Publisher: Arrow Cover Design: Ceara Elliot Format: Paperback Pages: 446 Rating: 4/5 Book Depository: Paperback//Hardback Content Warnings: Violence; child abuse; rape; kidnapping/imprisonment; abandonment Three people have been found dead in what appears to be a suicide pact as part of a mysterious cult in an unsuspecting mansion in Chelsea. The police find a baby upstairs, the only member of the household who… Continue reading Book Review – The Family Upstairs

Reading Wrap Ups

January 2020 Reading Wrap Up Part One

January has thus far been a mixed reading month for me in terms of the quality of the books I have been consuming. However, there have been one or two stand out books that I have truly savoured, making it easy to ignore the books I haven't enjoyed as much. Between the 1st January and… Continue reading January 2020 Reading Wrap Up Part One

Book Reviews

Book Review – Things We Say in the Dark

  Publisher: Harvill Secker Cover Design: Julia Connolly and Alamy Format: Hardback Pages: 222 Rating: 5/5 Book Depository: Hardback Content Warnings: Horror themes; pregnancy; misogyny; sexual violence   Kirsty Logan delivers a sucker punch straight to the core of her audience with this meandering, often horrifying short story collection that explores our deepest, darkest fears. Blurring the boundaries between fairytales, body horror… Continue reading Book Review – Things We Say in the Dark

End of the Year Lists

Series 2019 – Started, Finished or Abandoned?

In 2019, I read a total of twenty two books that were either the start, continuation or end of a series. This is quite a lot for me, as usually I prefer standalone novels. I'll let you know in this post whether it was the beginning of a series, the end or a continuation and… Continue reading Series 2019 – Started, Finished or Abandoned?

Top Five TBRs

Top Five TBR – Anticipated Fantasy Authors

With my bigger reading goals in recent years, I've been reading less fantasy, which makes me sad, so this TBR serves as a personal reminder that there are still some big fantasy authors that I haven't read yet. Over the course of the year, I hope to tick some of these big names off my… Continue reading Top Five TBR – Anticipated Fantasy Authors

Book Reviews

Book Review – Her Body and Other Parties

Publisher: Serpent's Tail Cover Design: gray318 Format: Paperback Pages: 241 Rating: 4/5 Book Depository: Paperback Content Warnings: Rape; sexual assault; horror themes; violence Carmen Maria Machado has taken everything that could possibly keep a woman awake at night and woven it all into a collection of dark contemporary fairy tales that oozes with horror and… Continue reading Book Review – Her Body and Other Parties