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

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

Fiona Benson’s Vertigo and Ghost : Rape Culture, Greek Myth & Abuse of Power

Amidst my erratic book purchases in January, I picked up Vertigo and Ghost after seeing many people, whose opinions I highly value, screaming about its importance. And after swallowing it up in a matter of hours, I am stunned and also feel I should be screaming about it from the rooftops. Benson has climbed to the top of my poetry-seeking radar and I can’t wait … Continue reading Fiona Benson’s Vertigo and Ghost : Rape Culture, Greek Myth & Abuse of Power

Faber Stories: Sally Rooney & Sylvia Plath

So I saw that Faber was releasing a collection of stories in celebration of their 90th year of publishing and obviously I went and had a browse of the first few available. I decided to tackle Sally Rooney’s Mr Salary because of how critically acclaimed she has recently become for such a young writer- maybe I’m looking for some inspiration. As well as this one, I picked … Continue reading Faber Stories: Sally Rooney & Sylvia Plath

YA Nostalgia: Point Horror

Recently I have been thinking more about genres of books I enjoy. It dawned on me that I have never really been a Young Adult reader, mostly because I made a large leap from reading children’s fiction, straight into reading adult fiction without any transition. Whilst pondering this idea of having certain genres that I love more than others, I somehow remembered my obsession with … Continue reading YA Nostalgia: Point Horror