I’ve never really related with male lead-characters before. Possibly unsurprisingly – I’m a 22 year old woman. But Douglas Petersen, a 50-something scientist, felt remarkably close to home in David Nicholls’ Us. A devastating story of loss, hope, love, frustration, and family, Us tackles a number of my biggest fears through several of my favourite … More Book review: Us
I never paid much attention to this sort of book – aimed at women from ages 15 and up, I’d cynically assumed that they wouldn’t have great content. Bubblegum for the eyes, I have read a few that really were just ways to switch off my brain. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – I’ve … More Book review: The Story of You by Katy Regan
Two years ago, I hiked the South Downs Trek with two friends. It’s not that far, but takes in beautiful coastline, ending on the Seven Sisters (which is a series of more than 7 hills in quick succession). It was a great experience on a baking hot day, to just set my pack on my … More Book review: Wild
I know it’s not new, but The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells is a Great British Classic, and one that up until this month I’d never read. The joys of owning a Kindle (though I agree they do not outweigh those of a hardback) meant that I could grab it for free … More Book review: The War of the Worlds
Often I find my everyday life affected by the books I am reading – caught up in other emotions, imagining what the characters are doing between the pages. This time, it was the other way around. My current life seemed to make the book more poignant, more intense, and nearly had me crying on the … More Book review: The Sea Sisters
If I Could Turn Back Time is the story of Zoë Kennedy, a broken-hearted sales assistant whose dream is to become a fashion buyer, and redo the last 6 months so her dreamy surgeon boyfriend David doesn’t dump her. Just before Christmas, she might just get the chance. Nicola Doherty’s book provides instant entertainment with … More Book review: If I Could Turn Back Time
I am somewhat ashamed to admit that I know very little about the First World War, aside from a half-term at primary school looking at possible old bomb sites on a local field. I definitely knew nothing about the British Indian Army, or the affect the war had on the British colonies that still existed … More Book review: A God In Every Stone
It’s a popup book for adults. A write-your-own, multi-faceted, not quite chronological book that will definitely require more than one reading. Ultimately, S. is unlike any book I have ever read. The collaboration between filmmaker J J Abrams and academic and author Doug Dorst is what gives such remarkable attention to detail and sophistication. At … More Book review: S.