Libby Jones has waited her whole life to find out who she is. Adopted as a newborn baby, she was found by police in her cot in a Chelsea mansion, while three dead bodies lay on the kitchen floor downstairs. Now 25, she receives a letter that will change everything. She finds out that she … Continue reading Book Review | The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
Tiffy needs a place to live. She's in London, and her meagre Assistant Editor salary isn't going to get her very far. She also needs to get out of her toxic ex-boyfriend's flat, finally accepting that things are over between them. And that's when she comes across this unconventional arrangement. Leon is a palliative care … Continue reading Book Review | The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
Like so many of us, Emira is in her mid-twenties and feeling adrift. She works part time as a typist and the rest of the time as a babysitter – not a nanny – for the wealthy Chamberlain family and their 3-year-old, Briar. She’s about to lose her parent’s health insurance, and has a nagging … Continue reading Book Review | Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
Lowland Way, a suburban London enclave, has earned itself a reputation. With ever-rising house prices and the invention of ‘play-out Sunday’, a no-cars rule designed to transform the urban street into a 1950’s child’s utopia, it’s a reputation they’ll go far to protect. But just how far? ‘Today, Lowland Way would be back to its … Continue reading Book Review | Those People by Louise Candlish
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