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Book review of “My Dark Vanessa”: Nabokov’s “Lolita” re-imagined
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Book review of “My Dark Vanessa”: Nabokov’s “Lolita” re-imagined


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. My Dark Vanessa feels very much like a modern take on Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. But with a twist. Kate Elizabeth Russell writes this harrowing tale of manipulation, grooming, and assault from the … Continue reading

3 Things to take away from Aminatou Sow’s and Ann Friedman’s book “Big Friendship”
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3 Things to take away from Aminatou Sow’s and Ann Friedman’s book “Big Friendship”


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. 2020 has been an interesting year to say the least. It has made a lot of us rethink our goals, our relationships, and our personal boundaries. But just because we are all … Continue reading

Reading Race in “The White Girl”: A review of Tony Birch’s novel
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Reading Race in “The White Girl”: A review of Tony Birch’s novel


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. I didn’t always enjoy audiobooks, but in recent years I have been loving them. I tend to stick to nonfiction books, but I do occasionally go for some fiction when I listen. … Continue reading

Four Shakespearean-Era Tributes Hidden in Maggie O’Farrell’s Award Winning “Hamnet”
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Four Shakespearean-Era Tributes Hidden in Maggie O’Farrell’s Award Winning “Hamnet”


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. Maggie O’Farrell won the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2020 for Hamnet and if you have read her novel, it is easy to see why. It is not easy to take on … Continue reading

“Nonbinary”: Exploring gender and identity
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“Nonbinary”: Exploring gender and identity


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. Literature – the writing and telling of stories – has always been a way for marginalised groups to express themselves in ways that mainstream culture would not allow. It allows cis people, … Continue reading

A Review of “Such A Fun Age”: talking about white fragility in literature
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A Review of “Such A Fun Age”: talking about white fragility in literature


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. I loved Such A Fun Age. This book was so easy to read. It had me laughing and cringing from beginning to end. It has been a while since I couldn’t put … Continue reading

A Review of “Adults” by Emma Jane Unsworth: on- and offline life
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A Review of “Adults” by Emma Jane Unsworth: on- and offline life


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. This book has all the trappings of contemporary adult living from social media and phone obsessions including the ways in which life online complicates our relationships, especially female friendships. The characters are … Continue reading

Brexit Literature: a complete review of Jonathan Coe’s “The Rotters’ Club” trilogy including “Middle England”
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Brexit Literature: a complete review of Jonathan Coe’s “The Rotters’ Club” trilogy including “Middle England”


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. This post as been a long time coming and I am so glad to be able to finally review all three of Jonathan Coe’s novels from his accidental trilogy, The Rotters’ Club. … Continue reading

‘Literary ghettos’: how do we make sure diverse authors are included in mainstream publishing?
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‘Literary ghettos’: how do we make sure diverse authors are included in mainstream publishing?


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. I am drawing today’s discussion inspiration from author Nesrine Malik and her amazing book (seriously, go read it now!) We Need New Stories. In her chapter entitled “The Myth of the Reliable … Continue reading