Why everyone should read “This Is Going To Hurt”

Although I’m late to the party with this one (let’s be honest, when am I ever on time to the party?) I think that right now, in our current situation, there’s never been a better moment to read This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay. It is an ode to the health service and the real people who make it their life’s work to keep the system running.

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

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do to participate is answer three questions: What are you currently reading? What did you just finish reading? What will you read next?

5 Netflix shows based on books you can stream now

The way things are going, we might need a few good TV shows to get us through the next couple of months! Whether it’s switching off by switching on a romantic drama or tuning into the most gripping thriller that everyone’s talking about, sometimes all you need is a binge-worthy box set to while away the evening.

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.