Outsiders Anthology: Community in Otherness

“The notion of outsider women has long existed within modern consciousness.” — Irenosen Okojie. I’ve just finished reading Outsiders, the new short story anthology published (very soon) by 3 of Cups Press, and felt compelled to write down my thoughts about it. In recent years I’ve really got into reading short stories and have enjoyed many collections, but this might be my favourite yet. It’s … Continue reading Outsiders Anthology: Community in Otherness

Must-Read Books from the North

The North is vastly underrepresented in the publishing industry, both in its workforce and amongst the writers it sources its books from. Last year, a survey found that only 10% of people working in publishing were from the North of England. Calls to diversify the industry are valid and by doing so, we can actively encourage the publication of more books that are regionally diverse. … Continue reading Must-Read Books from the North

Reading Intentions 2020: No to Amazon, Yes to Libraries

No to Amazon, Yes to Libraries: Reading Intentions 2020 I’d usually start this post by saying: wow, it’s been a year! But if I’m honest, this last week has been enough to make me wish my Christmas break was very much already here. Alas, it is not, but since I’m spending my last week trying to be productive, why not set some intentions for the … Continue reading Reading Intentions 2020: No to Amazon, Yes to Libraries

A Memorable Duo: Expectation and Supper Club🍇

Today I thought I’d stop by and tell you about two very incredible books by two very incredible authors. It’s been a while as I’ve been drowning in a sea of essays. Apologies in advance if this reads like one, all complaints should be directed towards the University of Manchester’s English department… Lara Williams’ Supper Club and Anna Hope’s Expectation. Both published this year and … Continue reading A Memorable Duo: Expectation and Supper Club🍇

Saltwater: Mothers, Working-Class Britain & The Body

I’ve finally finished my exams so it’s time for a review and a very important one at that. If you follow me on social media, you’ll be sick of hearing about this book already, but I’m going to get one (or a few) last words in about it for good measure. Saltwater is the debut from Jessica Andrews, a writer from the North-East of England. … Continue reading Saltwater: Mothers, Working-Class Britain & The Body

The Book Everyone Seems To Be Talking About: Sally Rooney’s Normal People

Where do I start with this one? I finished this book in two days at the start of May, and I’m still struggling to find any words for it. As you all know by now, I’m a massive fan of Sally Rooney and her writing. She’s blunt, to the point, and creates the dialogue that I actually want to read- which is quite the task … Continue reading The Book Everyone Seems To Be Talking About: Sally Rooney’s Normal People

5 Independent Publishers I’m Loving

Independent publishing houses are really important to the book industry and the kinds of voices we uplift and put out into the world for people to read. Today I thought I’d offer up a variety of my favourites and why they’re standing out to me at the moment! 1. @silver.press is a new feminist publisher, re-releasing titles that deserve a lot more hype than they have received. … Continue reading 5 Independent Publishers I’m Loving