Queenie's not having the best time of it. In her mid-twenties, eking out a living as a journalist in London and just having broken up with her long-term boyfriend (or are they on a break?), she's unaware that she's dangling on the edge of a precipice. She is also navigating the world as a black … Continue reading Book Review | Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
Women. We make up half the human race, and yet for so many of us, our very existence is an abhorrence. Women’s lives are simply worth less than their male counterparts. Sue Lloyd-Roberts, a masterful journalist, doesn’t shy away from showing us the full spectrum of life as a women – and the horrors they face – all over the world. Meticulously researched, referenced and recounted in a precise yet very human way, it is essential reading.
Born into a society in ruins after a catastrophic war, a boy – known only as Little Dog – and his mother flee Vietnam for a life in America – to be precise, the tenements of Hartford, Connecticut, a place of unbearable winters and drug addicts and thin apartment walls, where a few miles away … Continue reading Book Review | On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
Here we have three stories of Gilead: one from a pillar of the regime, one from a commander’s daughter who has grown up in that society, and one a voice from the outside who comes in. Atwood returns to the world she created in 1985, a world which is as relevant as ever (see my … Continue reading Book Review | The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
We’re back in a universe where the light-skinned Noughts have historically been second-class citizens to the dark-skinned Crosses. Three decades after the first book in the series (and one of my all-time favourite reads), society has changed dramatically. There is now a Nought Prime Minister – something that would have been unthinkable in the past. … Continue reading Book Review | Crossfire by Malorie Blackman
Roy and Celestial are newlyweds living in Atlanta. Roy is charming, proud, and stubborn, Celestial his independent, artistic, talented wife. Their marriage is still very much in its infancy when something life-altering happens. While staying in the fictional town of Eloe, Louisiana, visiting Celestials’ parents, Roy will be accused of raping a woman in a … Continue reading Book Review | An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
It's the summer of 1997. Charlie Lewis is neither a likely nor a willing thespian, particularly not when the subject at hand is Romeo and Juliet. But in the languishing days post-GCSEs, the 16-year old is desperate for anything to help wile away the hours. So that motivation is, in part, how he finds himself accidentally joining … Continue reading Book Review | Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls