A review of “The Two Hearts of Eliza Bloom”: loving outside your faith
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A review of “The Two Hearts of Eliza Bloom”: loving outside your faith


Beth Miller’s novel posits the question: What happens when you love someone outside of your faith? There are thousands of answers to this question, and arguably loving the ‘wrong’ person is something humans seem pretty good at since we have been doing it for centuries. The Two Hearts of Eliza Bloom is in many ways … Continue reading

Goodreads Winners Are In: Who were my favourites for 2018?
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Goodreads Winners Are In: Who were my favourites for 2018?


The wait is over! Goodreads has announced its winners for 2018, which also marks the ten-year anniversary of the book awards. Readers get the chance to vote for their favourite books based on different popular categories like fiction, sci-fi, and Romance. It is basically the Oscars for books. This year, Goodreads recorded over five million … Continue reading

“Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?”: a review of Holly Bourne’s novel
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“Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?”: a review of Holly Bourne’s novel


Writing about mental health and getting it right is tough. Writers need to understand and articulate what mentally ill people are feeling and it cannot read like a cliche. Readers, whether they have mental health issues or not, are going to see through platitudes, flat characterisations, and overly dramatic writing. And just like mental health … Continue reading

Geography and Conversations About Race: a review of Reni Eddo-Lodge’s “Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race”
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Geography and Conversations About Race: a review of Reni Eddo-Lodge’s “Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race”


Talking about race is exhausting. It is emotionally draining, stressful, awkward, painful, scary, and sometimes really dangerous. To have a conversation about race, or any hard topics like gender, sexuality, and class, requires a level of vulnerability that demands patience and practice. People from different sides of the spectrum often come to the table with … Continue reading

“Milk and Honey”: poetry review
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“Milk and Honey”: poetry review


Rupi Kaur’s poetry collection Milk and Honey burst onto the literary scene in 2015. It quickly turned from a self-published collection to being picked up by a major publishing house and turning into millions of sales around the world. Poetry in the twenty-first century is not at the forefront of general literary interest. More often … Continue reading

My Top 5 Books About Death, Dying, Medicine, and Grief
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My Top 5 Books About Death, Dying, Medicine, and Grief


It is coming up to Christmas, the end of the year, and the 21st of December. Whilst many people around the world are making Christmas lists, dusting off menorahs, tentatively imagining New Year’s resolutions, and thinking about the future, I am thinking about something else. It is not to say that I don’t enjoy the … Continue reading

My Ultimate Books to Re-read
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My Ultimate Books to Re-read


I have re-read a lot of books because of my studies, however, this usually means that the re-reading is out of necessity and not total indulgence. In saying that, there are three books that I keep returning to throughout my life because they are just so great. Each time I read them again, I feel … Continue reading

A Review of “Do No Harm” by Henry Marsh
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A Review of “Do No Harm” by Henry Marsh


Do No Harm is a medical memoir. Henry Marsh picks tales from his career as a neurosurgeon and shares his failures, successes, frustrations, and hopes. I think that this book is extremely important for our society because it details the frustrations and complications of working in hospitals and brings a human aspect to medicine in … Continue reading

A Review of Kazuo Ishguro’s “Nocturnes”
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A Review of Kazuo Ishguro’s “Nocturnes”


Kazuo Ishiguro is a writer of many genres: novels, short stories, and screen plays. He is Japanese-British and I think this creates a really interesting combination for his writing style. To me, Ishiguro’s works always feel relaxing. His writing completely calms me and it is almost like I am floating whilst reading his work. And … Continue reading