A peculiar tale of life in 17th century Amsterdam with an unnerving mystery at it's heart. You feel for Petranella, the main character who is married off to a wealthy Venetian Merchant. The novel opens as she moves into his peculiar household ocupied by his cold sister, African Man-Servant and curious Maid. She is held… Continue reading Review: The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton
I've been looking forward to sinking my teeth into this book since I first spotted it's shiny, red, propaganda style cover. The novel has stormed the book charts, snapped up the women's prize for fiction and been hailed a modern triumph in the press. Flipping gender power dynamics in a sharp twist of narrative, Naomi… Continue reading Review: The Power – Naomi Alderman
Fahrenheit 451 takes us into the heart of a world where knowledge has been outlawed. People are consistently brainwashed by giant tv screens fitted to the walls in their homes. Everyone is desensitised, conversations are sound bites and books are banned. The story follows Montag, a fireman who's role is to root out books and… Continue reading Review: Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
Welcome to another fun filled and cheerful Writing Wednesday! I’ve pulled together some weird and wonderful ideas and topics from around the internet to help give everyone a mid-week writing boost. Whilst these ideas might not work for everyone I hope they might provide a little bit of inspiration and encouragement to practice your skills.… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: Death in the Family
This week marks the anniversary of Raymond Carver's death. It's prompted me to revisit his collected stories. I always find that they resonate with me as strongly on re-reading them despite time and changes in my life. The stories look scathingly at moments of life. Transcending the ordinary and turning it into something unique and… Continue reading Favourite Authors: Raymond Carver
So. Wuthering Heights. I've really been trying to embrace some classic fiction in an attempt to broaden my literary horizons. Rather than, you know, reading books I know I'll enjoy. I took on this novel thinking that I'd hate it but I actually I quite liked it, even if it has increased my urge to… Continue reading Review: Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
When you're 50 pages in and hating every syllable what's a bibliophile to do? Do you keep reading, hoping that some new wisdom will penetrate your cranium? Or do you quit and accept that it's just not meant to be? I like to think I'm not a quitter. I try to give authors and their… Continue reading Opinion: Quit or power through? The bad book dilemma.