Review: The Handmaid’s Tale | Margaret Atwood

This is another one of those books that I asked for one Christmas because there’s an episode of Gossip Girl named after it, and have never got round to reading. I’m a firm believer in the practice of reading a book before you watch the TV show/film that’s based on it, and I insisted on…

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: Far from the Madding Crowd | Thomas Hardy

The only Thomas Hardy novel I had read prior to reading this was Tess of the D’Urbervilles, which was prescribed reading for my GCSE English Literature qualification. To be honest, after that, I didn’t want to pick up another Thomas Hardy book anytime soon. But my best friend has been insisting for years that I…

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….

Kent Messenger w/c February 26

This week was definitely a busy one, with plenty of stories to write and my NQJ exams on Friday. The main story of the week was the front page of the Sittingbourne News Extra, about a vicar who had been refused permission to remove the pews from his church to make the building more accessible…

Kent Messenger w/c February 19

It’s good to be back into the swing of things at the KM, and this week I’ve managed to get my teeth into some really interesting stories. For the front page of the Sittingbourne News Extra, I wrote a piece about a childrens’ hospice’s plans for expansion. Demelza Hospice Care for Children is looking to…

Review: How to Find Love in a Bookshop | Veronica Henry

After a couple of heavier reads in the first couple of weeks of this year – one being heavy in terms of it being a classical novel, Jane Eyre, and the other being heavy due to it being 880 pages long, A Clash of Kings – I was keen for something a bit lighter when…