Having picked up three books in three days without having my imagination captured I was beginning to embrace the reading slump and come to terms with the notion I may never read and enjoy a book again. In a state of quiet disillusionment I started reading A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf. People… Continue reading Review: A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf
We're at a critical point in time. It's becoming increasingly clear that as women we will have to fight for freedom, equality and our autonomy. That's why Margaret Atwood's gripping story of female subdigation and societal exclusion is having a definitive resurgence. The story is about a woman named Offred. When a new regime comes… Continue reading Review: The Handmaiden’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
The Restraint of Beasts by Magnus Mills isn't a book with instant appeal. On the surface, it appears to be about two Scottish fence builders and their foreman, but it's so much more. The world this book creates is familiar and disarming, luring the reader into a false sense of security. Mill's writing feels true… Continue reading Review: The Restraint of Beasts – Magnus Mills
This book opens with Kell. A mystical Antari with unfathomable magical powers and the ability to travel between worlds. Despite all of his power, he is owned by the King and Queen of Red London. His memories of an earlier life have been erased and he acts as a royal messenger between three parallel Londons. One… Continue reading Review: A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E Schwab
Halloween is drawing near, spooky costumes, ghoulish parties and for those with tiny humans maybe a touch of trick or treating. It seemed only fitting that I write about some literature that’s in-keeping with the traditions of all hallows eve. I considered Dracula, Frankenstein and Jekyll and Hyde, but do the originals still have the… Continue reading Review: The Black Cat – Edgar Allan Poe
I feel heartbroken today on the 11th of September. It's not a heartbreak that belongs to me. It's one for the families of those who died and for the survivors and rescuers who witnessed the horror. I was reading an article earlier that talked about explaining to children what happened when the Twin Towers collapsed. I hadn't given thought to the… Continue reading Opinion: Understanding Terrorism Through Literature
Summer is over! Put down that ice cream! Put on your wooly jumper! With the start of September the floodgates of anxiety burst forth for thousands of teachers all over the world. Did the students perform well? Is there anything more they could have done? Will they return to a mountain of letters from… Continue reading Opinion: Are Our Schools Inspiring Young Readers?