Review: the sun and her flowers, by Rupi Kaur

She’s the poet off-of Instagram. Yes, she has ‘followers’ and gets loads of ‘likes’. Poetic-snobs nation-wide want to hate her particular brand of social-media-friendly verse. But, care to admit it or not, Rupi Kaur’s new collection of poetry is beautifully understated, uncomplicated and accessible - what can be so wrong with that? Rupi lyricises about… Continue reading Review: the sun and her flowers, by Rupi Kaur

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: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Normally, I know where I stand with a novel. I know how to feel, I know what to think. But, Eleanor Opliphant is Completely Fine threw me through a loop. This book is funny, sad, unnerving and heart-warming all at the same time. It’s the best of human kindness and the depths of personal suffering…in under 400 pages.

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.

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.