I’m a sucker for a pretty hardback – I’m a sucker for anything that’s aesthetically pleasing – and The Essex Serpent is no exception. I picked this one up because a) I remembered reading a lot of hype about it (update: I just checked and it was Waterstones’ Book of 2016), b) it’s beautiful and c) new books for… Read More CR: The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
I should have clocked on that this was erotic fiction by the title alone. In all my Catholic school innocence, I thought that this would be an interesting glimpse into the life of a 18th Century lady of leisure and woman of pleasure. Refined, genteel, with a little about embroidery and perhaps one steamy sexual… Read More Reacting to ‘Fanny Hill or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure’
Could this be one of my top three reads of this year? Hell yes. My English teacher and best friend (not that the two are the same person, you understand) both recommended The Bloody Chamber. I wanted a short, sharp read that would take my mind off any feelings of stress and impending doom, and the library… Read More The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
The man himself describes La Belle Sauvage as an ‘equel’, designed to stand alongside His Dark Materials in all its magnificent glory. But does it really? YES. Yes! YES! (Notice how I’m trying to think about this book critically, rather than screaming ‘OH MY GOD THIS IS NEW PHILIP PULLMAN YES YES YES YES YES’. Like a good cheese,… Read More La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
I’ve been dipping in and out of volumes of poetry recently. There are certain people, certain events – clichés of course, things like sunsets and wispy morning mists and dew-heavy flowers – that make me think ‘yes! I want to write poetry about you!’ But right now, sadly I’ve got all the poetic talent of… Read More A Poetry Ramble
This book – and the Everyday Sexism project – is so, so important. It’s startlingly relevant today, right now, concerning the Weinstein allegations and that whole culture in Hollywood, and the dirt that’s starting to emerge from the political sphere. As part of an awakening, of alerting wider society to the dangers of sexism and… Read More Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates
Walking past a charity bookshop without buying anything is not one of my skills. I have no self-restraint, and will probably regret spending so much money on books once I’m living away from home as a penniless student, eating cereal for every meal and without the money to turn the heating on. The Eye in… Read More Book Haul!