Weekly round-up: what I’ve been reading this week

It’s been a long ol’ week! Here’s a round-up of the essays and interviews I’ve enjoyed over the past 7 days (and a bonus TV recommendation for this weekend).  I’m going to try and make these weekly round-ups not too “pandemic-heavy” (there’s only one mention of the C-word in this list, I promise!). While my… Continue reading Weekly round-up: what I’ve been reading this week

Review: The Power by Naomi Alderman

The Power, by Naomi Alderman, is a science fiction novel that depicts a world where women are supreme. Suddenly, the whole female population is convulsing with power. Unexpectedly, women discover that their bodies can inflict electrifying pain with just one touch. The story opens with a letter from a Mr Neil Adam Arman, from the… Continue reading Review: The Power by Naomi Alderman

Review: An American In Paris

Just before the show began, I was in the bathroom (queuing...obviously) when I heard a mother say to her daughter, "are you excited"? The girl's gleeful face said everything about the magic of An American In Paris.

Is anybody out there?

Blogging can feel weird after years of carefully crafting every word, hoping the reader will like what I've written. From school essays to scripted presentations , our writing is normally commented on and critiqued, graded and assessed. So, what happens when you take that all away and just flood words into the empty void, never… Continue reading Is anybody out there?

Cry-laughing at ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’

Slapstick doesn't normally get a big laugh from me. The whole mallet-on-the-head routine makes me cringe and don't even get me started on The Chuckle Brothers. So, when I found myself wiping away tears of laughter watching The Play That Goes Wrong, I was very happily surprised.

Review: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

The word Commonwealth is charged. It can mean an independent state or community, or it can mean the common good. In Ann Patchett's latest novel, the term commonwealth has a wealth of meaning. Themes of fraternity, fate, and fatality converge in this spectacular novel, leaving readers to question what it means to be a family without common ground.

Review: The Dust that Falls from Dreams

The Dust that Falls from Dreams, by Louis de Bernières, is set in Kent during the First World War. It follows the lives of the McGosh sisters, as they simultaneously enter war and adulthood. Under the roof of an excentric, entrepenurial father and pompous mother, the girls must come to terms with a changing world. The… Continue reading Review: The Dust that Falls from Dreams