Book Review: West by Carys Davies

How far must you go in order to come to terms with loss? That is the question posed by Carys Davies' West, as one widower processes his grief by setting out to explore the American frontier in a quest everyone around him agrees is doomed to failure. Regular readers of this blog will know that I … Continue reading Book Review: West by Carys Davies

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Bookshelf birthday: the first anniversary of Amy’s Ever-Growing Bookshelf

My blog is a year old! I'm as surprised as anyone that I didn't give up after a fortnight, which seems reason enough to celebrate this anniversary with a look back over my first year of blogging. Before I started blogging, I did record what I was reading, but only as Word documents on my … Continue reading Bookshelf birthday: the first anniversary of Amy’s Ever-Growing Bookshelf

Book review: Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

Given the significance of online communication in Conversations with Friends, it is fitting that I won a paperback copy of the book via a Twitter giveaway from publisher Faber & Faber. Conversations with Friends follows 21-year-old student Frances and her relationships: with Bobbi, her best friend and former girlfriend, and with Nick and Melissa, an older couple … Continue reading Book review: Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

Forgotten Women: the Scientists, 6th March 2018

Journalist and editor Zing Tsjeng has found a particularly special way to mark International Woman's Day: by publishing her first two Forgotten Women books, a brand-new feminist history series. Both Forgotten Women: The Leaders and Forgotten Women: The Scientists shine a light on the women whose brilliant achievements have been dismissed, denied, stolen, or overshadowed by men over the centuries. … Continue reading Forgotten Women: the Scientists, 6th March 2018