Category: Essays

My favourite female writers

Today marks 100 years since (some) women were given the vote in the UK. The 1918 Representation of the People Act granted suffrage to women over 30, who either owned land or were married to men who did…. Read More

Reading year in review: 2017

2017 is over, and I’m proud to say that I read 56 books this year! That’s the basic story, but I’ve got statistics, so if you’re daft for data then come and deep dive with me… The extremes… Read More

Kazuo Ishiguro in three of his novels

Last week we found out that Kazuo Ishiguro has won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. Ishiguro was born in Japan, but his family moved to the UK when he was five, making him the latest British writer… Read More

The best books of the year (so far)

Happy July! We’re now halfway through 2017 (I know,¬†already?!), so I thought I’d take a look at the books I’ve read this year and see which ones are my favourites so far. When I do my Book Awards… Read More

On losing favourites

One of the toughest questions you can ask a book-lover has to be: ‘What is your favourite book?’ For most of us the answer is far more complicated than simply naming a title, because our favourites likely change… Read More