I don’t know about you, but any work of fiction which ends up teaching me stuff, is always a winner. School and I didn’t really get on, but I have always read books and I genuinely think that is how I learnt the most. So when I was choosing my next read from the Booker […]

I don’t like comparing books. I try my hardest not to have any other book in my head whilst thinking about the story I’m reading, so as not to sully the authors hard work with someone else’s narrative. But whilst reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, (EOICF from now on, the title is a bit […]

Did you know that it’s scientifically proven that in teenagers, the hormone that encourages sleep, melatonin, isn’t released until late in the evening and continues being released in the morning, meaning they can’t help but go to bed late and wake up late? I didn’t. But I wish I had known, in fact I wish […]

I’ve been married for 7 or 8 years now (both my husband and I regularly forget exactly how long it has been and have to be reminded by friends and family – I count that in our favour for relationship compatibility) and it still never ceases to amaze me how male he is. For instance, […]

This is obviously an ‘interesting’ time for the NHS. The amazing service they provide to us on a daily basis in London alone, coupled with the pressure they’ve been under very recently from the terror attacks and the Grenfell Tower disaster, means that my admiration and gratitude for all of its staff has never been […]

The Essex coastline has always been a bit of a mystery to me. Flat and bleak, I’ve felt it to be the backdrop of artists and poets, who understand the landscape and see things that I, in all my uncultured blindness couldn’t possibly see. And frankly, after having read this book, I feel no affinity […]

When I was in my twenties, one of the three jobs I had was barmaid at a very popular pub in Clapham, South London. I got the job when new to the area and on a whim one Saturday afternoon after lamenting my lack of cash (despite doing a 9-5) I asked behind the bar […]

If you’ve read Olive Kitteridge, or any of Strout’s other books, you’ll know her writing to be sharply observed and intricately detailed. The clarity of this writing was enough to constantly make me put this book down and ponder the last sentence. She has a way of creating a sentence out of not very many […]

I seem to be on a tip of reading books whose characters I don’t like, but still care about at the moment, as Dolores, the narrator and hero of ‘She’s come undone’ is one of the most unlikable people I’ve ever had the pleasure to imagine. Set somewhere in mid 20th Century America, this is […]

The first thing about this book is how wordy it is. I mean, obviously, it’s got words in it, it’s a book for god’s sake (!) but the author, Edward Docx often reels off a forty word sentence where someone else might well use just ten. Normally, this would annoy me and put me off […]