Review: Contempt | Michael Cordell

For anyone who, like me, gobbles up true crime dramas on TV, was hooked on Netflix series Making a Murderer and has been looking for something truly gripping to read during lockdown, let me present Contempt by Michael Cordell. Published by TCK Publishing, this book is touted as a ‘legal thriller’, but is so much…

Review: My Map of You | Isabelle Broom

It’s not often that after reading a book I immediately pick something else up by the same author, but after reading A Year and a Day by Isabelle Broom, I couldn’t help myself, and went straight on to My Map of You. Another Broom novel mostly set abroad, much like A Year and a Day,…

Review: Burial Rites | Hannah Kent

This novel was one of the books I received as part of a Willoughby Books subscription, and what a great choice it was. Following the aftermath of a gruesome murder at a farmstead in Iceland, this book mainly focuses on Agnes Magnusdottir, who is jointly convicted of the murder of Natan Ketilsson and Petur Jonsson….

Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns | Khaled Hosseini

A difficult book in many respects, for lovers of The Kite Runner, this book is no disappointing follow-up.  It is in fact a searing examination of the role of women in Afghanistan through the late 20th and early 21st century. It made me smile, cry, question my own outlook on life, and most of all,…

Review: A Year and a Day | Isabelle Broom

I’m going to start this review by saying that yet again, it was a book I absolutely loved, which I devoured in the space of a weekend. Isabelle Broom is one of those authors who will make you want to travel, if you didn’t want to already. And if you did, you’ll love soaking up…

Review: The Note | Zoe Folbigg

The first thing I have to say about this book is that if you’re looking for something to devour on the beach this summer, this might be just the thing. Personally, I read it over the course of a very rainy few days in the North of England, but I still enjoyed it just as…

Review: A Little Life | Hanya Yanagihara

I don’t even know where to begin with my review of this book, it really is a life-changing read. If you don’t believe me, or even if you do, I urge you to give it a read and see for yourself. My friend Cerys bought me this book after reading it herself, and I know…

Review: The Versions of Us | Laura Barnett

Seeing that this book was partially set in Cambridge, I bought it for a friend who lives there for her birthday. Turns out, she’d already read it – but I’m so glad I got to take it home and devour it myself. This is one of those books you just can’t put down, and with…

Review: I’ll Give You the Sun | Jandy Nelson

Having previously read Nelson’s The Sky is Everywhere a couple of years back now, I’ll Give You the Sun had unfortunately been left on the shelf at my parent’s house while I was down South. I say ‘unfortunately’ because I’m so gutted I didn’t read this sooner, it’s a true masterpiece. Following twins Noah and…

Review: Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bronte

I don’t know how I managed to avoid having to read this literary classic through all those years of GCSE, A-level, and degree level English Literature classes, but somehow I did. And now I’ve read it, I’m a little disappointed in myself that it took me so long.