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

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 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

Women's Prize Longlist 2019 Reviews

Women’s Prize Longlist Review – Bottled Goods

  Publisher: Fairlight Books Format: Paperback Pages: 188 Rating: 4/5   Sophie van Llewyn's Bottled Goods explores themes of love, family, marriage and communism through a collection of flash fiction. These excerpts give us an insight into Alina's struggles after her brother-in-law defects to France from a troubled Romania. She begins to lose faith in her marriage and all… Continue reading Women’s Prize Longlist Review – Bottled Goods

Reviews

Review – Daisy Jones and the Six

Publisher: Hutchinson Format: Hardback Pages: 351 Rating: 4/5 Daisy Jones and the Six are a fictional seventies rock band that Taylor Jenkins Reid has created a back story for through the medium of interviews. The book follows the band's various members' recollections of their time being famous, which highlights how people can remember events differently.  Initially, Daisy Jones appears… Continue reading Review – Daisy Jones and the Six