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Review: The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night

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So.
I’ve been pondering over this review for a while now, partly because I excel at procrastination and partly because never has a review ever felt so important. I want to do this book justice, and I want to review it in a way that makes it clear that what I love most about this book is the quality of the writing and not the person that wrote it.
Make your selves comfortable my lovelies. This could go on a while.
I feel, kind of, like I’ve been waiting for this book forever, or if not forever, then for a really really long time and nobody likes a humblebrag I know, but I totally knew this day would come. I knew from the first time I read Jen’s writing circa a million years ago that she’d get to this point and I am unbelievably pleased that she has. I’m also unbelievably pleased, for my own sake, that this book is stunningly good and I don’t have to do some kind of awkward ‘yeah it’s ok let’s move swiftly on’ kind of post about it. It’s lush. Jen’s writing is lush, a lot of it has this …

Things to Read if You Liked The Handmaid's Tale.

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So a week or so ago I chatted about the recent tv adaptation of The Handmaid’s Taleand how I felt about it and that got me thinking about what an excellent book that is which then got me to thinking about other excellent dystopian books there are out there because I love me a good dystopia and so then I decided to make a list because I also love me a good list.  Wow, holy run on sentence Batman.
Anyhow. Here is that list. (Also, disclaimer: this is not me in any way pretending to have any intellectual or literary-wise opinions here. I just really liked these books.)
Dystopian Novels you should read if you liked The Handmaids Tale (in no particular order).
Also this is me and I’m wordy so this is not like a list of bulletpoints. It’s more like a list of mini reviews. Sorry not sorry.

Lois Lowry – The Giver which I read in 2012 and thought was excellent. Up to this point I only knew about Lois Lowry from the Anastasia books that I loved as a kid – did you read those, the Anastasia Krup…

Blog Tour: Death in the Stars

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So today I am super excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Frances Brody’s new Kate Shackleton mystery, Death in the Stars. (Thank-you Little,Brown for asking me to take part and for the copy of the book) LET US TALK ABOUT IT.

I liked it.
I did.
It’s kind of reminiscent of the Agatha Raisin series by MC Beaton. I mean, it’s not like those books at all but it’s that kind of lazy Sunday easy cosy read. It’s the kind of book you can just sort of get lost in: you don’t have to think or feel too much; you can just let the story take you, and take you it does. Ot at least it took me. Perhas it’s the fact that I still – will always – love a good mystery, from my very first Poirot book circa 1994, I have always loved a good mystery, or actually since before that: I was such a sucker for Enid Blyton as a child. Perhaps it’s the setting – I’m always drawn to the 1920’s,  or perhaps it’s because I really rather liked Kate Shackleton. Whatever the reason, I enjoyed this book and have …

The Handmaid’s Tale isn’t true to the book…..and weirdly I’m not sure I care.

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So I finally finished watching The Handmaid’s Tale, which is weird actually because I thought I’d fly through it. Seriously, I thought I’d be cancelling my Sunday evening plans for ten weeks in a but somehow it didn’t happen that way. Real life gets in the way doesn’t it, and I’ve been on holiday and stuff and so I ended up with a few episodes lined up that I still hadn’t watched weeks after they aired which meant actually I got to do a little bit of binge watching after all; I watched the last 3 episodes in one night like a pro.


I also, because my love for this book (and for Margaret Atwood generally) knows no bounds, expected to have more issues with it than I did, and that’s weird for me because I hate it – capital letter HATE IT – when an adaptation veers away from text that I love. I get all red faced and ragey and start demanding answers from anybody who’ll listen even though nobody can give them.
WHY DID THEY CUT THAT CRUCIAL PART AND HE DOESN’T LOOK LIKE THAT AND THE TONE IS…

Book Review: Franklin's Flying Bookshop

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Let us not pretend here guys, that picture books are the type of book I review often on this blog.
They’re not.
Let us not also pretend though, that I don’t read them.
I do. I totally read them. I love a good picture book.
I don’t even have children. In fact you know what, screw that statement and the very assumption that picture books are just for children because I totally disagree with that sentiment. Picture books are for everybody, aren’t they? They’re works of art more often than not, with their lush illustrations and there’s something about the words in them (often words that rhyme which hello intro to poetry or that are totally bonkers or totally gorgeous) that often carry more than just a story that you can’t help but be enamoured by. I’ve got a lot of children in my life and discovering books with them when they’re tiny is of of my fave things ever, but, do I enjoy looking at a gorgeous gorgeous picture book all by myself, away from sticky fingers?

Hell yes I do.
Do I …

Quick August Wrap-Up

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September already though.
Holy and also Moly, goodness and also gracious. LET’S DO A WRAP UP. Let’s do a wrap up, mostly because August was a fun fun month and I had a nice nice time and I want to get that written down for posterity so that in one hundred years where some future person from the future stumbles across this blog they can say ‘wow she had a really nice time in August 2017.’ That and the fact that when I have lots of talking to do it makes sense to put it all in one post. Lazy blogging is lazy but whatever.

So, what did I read?
A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Shwab which I loved. It’s the first in a series and it’s fits right in with the kind of books I seem to be loving right now. It’s about this guy called Kell (who I might be in love with a little bit) who is one of the last magicians alive with the ability to move from London to London to London because there isn’t just 1 London. There’s 4. (I know, right) – he’s like an Ambassador between Red, White and Grey London (…

Author Visit: Dawn Barker

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Fun times, peeps, fun times! Grab yourself a glass of something bubbly – because the sun is shining where I am and it’s a Bank Holiday weekend so why would you not; I’ve already been on the bucks fizz this morning – and make yourself comfortable because today I’m chatting with the lovely Dawn Barker about her novel Let Her Go, and writing in general.



Before we get started, let’s warm up with a quick fire round. This is always my favourite part.
Ready, steady, GO:
Coffee, tea or…? Gin (Hendricks) and tonic (elderflower!) [a woman after my own heart!]Favourite film?          The English PatientFavourite book?        We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel ShriverSummer or winter? Winter (I live in Australia – summer is too hot for my Scottish skin!)Favourite Colour?    BlueLast thing you ate? Ciabatta with vegemite for breakfast Dream holiday destination? An Antarctica cruiseIf you could jump to any point in history, who would you…