Review: Find Me by André Aciman

Find Me is not your normal sequel. It does not carry on a single narrative thread, started in Call Me By Your Name, instead it ties together multiple threads from the same fabric that Call Me By Your Name is a part of. (I am assuming here that you have read Call Me By Your Name, or at least seen the film, for without this you will not understand Find Me, nor this review of it.) For the first hundred pages, Elio is scarcely mentioned, Oliver not at all; yet without a doubt, Find Me is heavily predicated on the events of Call Me By Your Name. As such, one waiting to know what happened in the immediate aftermath of the previous book will be sorely disappointed, however if they give the novel the time it needs, they will come to understand the importance of time, and what has happened as time progressed for Elio, Oliver, and Elio’s father Samuel. Continue reading Review: Find Me by André Aciman

Review: “The Secret Commonwealth” by Philip Pullman

In The Secret Commonwealth, everything has gone topsy turvy. There is constant upheaval, both in the plot and in Pullman’s world which we thought we knew. Whilst La Belle Sauvagereally ought to have been reduced to a chapter in this book, The Secret Commonwealth is a definite return to Lyra’s world. Continue reading Review: “The Secret Commonwealth” by Philip Pullman

In My Good Books: ‘Conversations With Friends’ by Sally Rooney

Sally Rooney’s first novel Conversations with Friends encapsulates the depths, challenges and complications of friendship in the 21st century. Following the story of Frances and Bobbi, two students in Ireland, Conversations with Friends is a gripping tale of love, lust and heartbreak as each character navigates the complexities of relationships. Rooney portrays a toxic, yet somehow unbreakable, friendship and hence explores the concepts of passivity … Continue reading In My Good Books: ‘Conversations With Friends’ by Sally Rooney

Review: ‘The Binding’ by Bridget Collins

“Imagine you could erase your grief. Imagine you could forget your pain. Imagine you could hide a secret. Forever.”  The tagline for The Binding is just as full of mystery and intrigue as the book itself. The story of how a young man named Emmett Farmer is torn away from his family, and the life he knows working the fields, to be apprenticed to a book … Continue reading Review: ‘The Binding’ by Bridget Collins

In My Good Books: ‘The Muse’ by Jessie Burton

‘The Muse’ is a novel packed with mystery, thwarted love and artistry. Following her captivating novel ‘The Miniaturist’, Jessie Burton’s next novel depicts an equally in-depth fictionalisation of contemporary cultural anxieties. Thus while ‘The Miniaturist’ explores the historic damning of sodomy, ‘The Muse’ depicts racial prejudice in the 1960s, as well as the social tension in the years leading to the second world war. However, … Continue reading In My Good Books: ‘The Muse’ by Jessie Burton

In My Good Books: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Last summer I was dragged to The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, in which the majority of the ancient art immensely bored me. However, this visit actually led me to one of the most unique and eerie books I have read. The Rijksmuseum is home to the intricate dolls’ house of Petronella Oortman, in which every ornament and character is furnished with elaborate detail. This inexplicably captivating … Continue reading In My Good Books: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Ruby Tandoh’s ‘Eat Up!’ Book Event

Food today is confusing. Well, perhaps not food itself, but the exhausting narratives of diet culture, wellness, good fats and bad fats certainly permeates into our brains and dictates to us, like a toxic friend, what we should be eating. In this landscape, I’ve often wondered why I’m craving a simple cheddar cheese sandwich on puffy white bread, like the ones from my childhood, when … Continue reading Ruby Tandoh’s ‘Eat Up!’ Book Event

Feature: Man Booker Prize 2016

For those of you who haven’t heard of the Man Booker Prize, it’s an annual prize of £50,000 given to “the best novel in the opinion of the judges” which has been running since 1969. This makes 2016 the 47th year of the competition. The Man Booker Prize aims to promote the reading of quality fiction, (this can be in culturally insightful ways, political reflections … Continue reading Feature: Man Booker Prize 2016

Another Book Bites the Dust: The Goldfinch

This week’s read was a very long novel; the paperback copy I read has 864 pages. The Goldfinch was written by Donna Tartt and published in 2013, yet it had always been one I wanted to read. The length of the book has put me off for many years and I haven’t read anything of such length since J.K Rowling’s The Order of the Phoenix … Continue reading Another Book Bites the Dust: The Goldfinch

Another Book Bites the Dust

This week I’m reviewing The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies, the Number One Sunday Times Best Seller in 2015. I’ve been meaning to read this for almost a year now and fortunately it didn’t disappoint.  The one thing that stood out to me was how similar the basic plot is to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. As I really enjoyed Rebecca, and the plot was … Continue reading Another Book Bites the Dust