Tag Archives: Fiction

The most difficult thing by Charlotte Philby

It’s interesting, beginning a book, already disliking the main character. We know from the start that Anna Witherall has left or is leaving her kids – and without being too judgy, my first thought was how can a mother do that? What kind of woman walks out on her children? At the beginning, it seems […]

Warning: it’s a long one

I wanted to write up one of the many books I’ve been reading, rather than just do a brief overview of a few books, but I came up against a bit of a problem. Not just that I’m a bit stuck with how to write at the moment, but because none of the books I’ve […]

It’s been a while!

But now I’m back!  Sorry to have neglected you for so long. I thought I’d do a little round up of some of the goodies that I’ve read since June, but I’ve held a few back so I can waffle on about them a bit more in the next week or so. I’ve kept it […]

Ordinary people by Diana Evans

There are a few of my friends who have kids, who aren’t married. It’s not a thing, that they’re not married, but every now and again, usually over drinks, the subject of them getting married comes up. It often involves other (usually married) people exhorting those who are unmarried, to get married, usually with the […]

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

I consider the fact that I’m still friends with people who I’ve known since I was a teenager (and beyond), to be a good thing. The plus points are obvious – being able to be rude to each other and convince yourself it doesn’t matter, to get drunk together and regale anyone who’ll listen with […]

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

I seem to have spent quite a lot of my time recently, reading books about the future. One of those reads was The Power by Naomi Alderton, which I’m not going to review on here, it’s had so much coverage already – all I would say is that the ending made it for me (which […]

I love you too much by Alicia Drake

Bloody hell, being a teenager is hard isn’t it. I remember it so well – the agony of indecision, the lack of knowledge about who the actual fuck I actually was and what was I meant to be doing. Luckily for me, I grew up in an environment which was fairly (mostly) supportive about my […]

The Queens Gambit by Walter Tevis

Usually, my main focus when I read is to enjoy it, but that doesn’t mean those books can’t be educational, or enlightening. If nothing else, they are often about the human condition and that has been good enough for me on many an occasion. Recently I’ve read a book about how to survive in the […]

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

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 […]

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine

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 […]