Reimagining the Women's Prize

Book Review – The Book of Colour

Publisher: Vintage Cover Images: Alexandre-François Desportes & Phillipe Blackburn Format: Paperback Pages: 180 Rating: 3/5 Book Depository: Paperback Content Warnings: Racism; violence; abuse; scenes of a sexual nature Julia Blackburn writes a memoir on behalf of her father and grandfather, outlining their experiences in the Seychelles, Mauritius and England, where they have struggled to come to terms with their respective identities following… Continue reading Book Review – The Book of Colour

Book Reviews

Book Review – A History of the World in 21 Women

Publisher: Oneworld Cover Design: James Jones Format: Paperback Pages: 292 Rating: 1/5 Content Warnings: Descriptions of violence, misogyny, terrorism and sexual assault   Being a recommendation from a resident at work, and appearing from the synopsis to be a piece of feminist non-fiction outlining the lives of some inspiring women, I was initially excited to read this. However,… Continue reading Book Review – A History of the World in 21 Women

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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

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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?

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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