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

Reimagining the Women's Prize

Project Announcement – Reading the Women’s Prize Past to Present

Today I am announcing a long-term project for myself in an attempt to understand the passing changes in popular themes in fiction throughout the past twenty five years that the women's prize for fiction has been running. My aim will be to read the longlist from each year, review each book on here, and subsequently… Continue reading Project Announcement – Reading the Women’s Prize Past to Present

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

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?

Book Hauls

Book Haul – January 2020 Part One

Fun Fact: This is my first book haul of the year, but I have still not bought a single book this year yet and I'm definitely proud of myself for showing more restraint than I did last year. Four of the books on this list were purchased on Boxing Day in the Verso and Waterstones… Continue reading Book Haul – January 2020 Part One

Book Reviews

Book Review – Such a Fun Age

  Publisher: Bloomsbury Cover Design: Greg Heinimann Format: Hardback Pages: 305 Rating: 3/5 Book Depository: Hardback Content Warnings: Racism Emira Tucker is astounded when she is apprehended at a supermarket one night, accused of kidnapping the young child she is employed to babysit. Her employer, feminist blogger and professional letter writer Alix attempts to fix the situation, but are her supposedly well… Continue reading Book Review – Such a Fun Age

Book Reviews

Book Review – By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept

Publisher: Fourth Estate Cover Image: Hal Morey/Getty Images Format: Paperback Pages: 134 Rating: 2/5 Content Warnings: Violent imagery; cheating in a relationship Having not read a great deal of prose poetry in the past, I was utterly intrigued by the concept, especially when I read the synopsis. I thought it might be reminiscent of the… Continue reading Book Review – By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept