REVIEW: The Girls From Alexandria, Carol Cooper #BLOGTOUR

Sunday, 4 April 2021


Nadia needs help. Help getting out of her hospital bed. Help taking her pills. One thing she doesn’t need help with is remembering her sister. But she does need help finding her.

Alone and abandoned in a London hospital, 70-year-old Nadia is facing the rest of her life spent in a care home unless she can contact her sister Simone… who’s been missing for 50 years.

Despite being told she’s ‘confused’ and not quite understanding how wi-fi works, Nadia is determined to find Simone. So with only cryptic postcards and her own jumbled memories to go on, Nadia must race against her own fading faculties and find her sister before she herself is forgotten.

Set against the lush and glamorous backdrop of 20th century Alexandria, Carol Cooper’s third novel is equal parts contemporary mystery and historical fiction: a re-coming of age story about family, identity, and homeland. 

REVIEW: Song, Michelle Jana Chan #BLOGTOUR

Friday, 19 March 2021


Song is just a boy when he sets out from Lishui village in China. Brimming with courage and ambition, he leaves behind his impoverished broken family, hoping he’ll make his fortune and return home. Chasing tales of sugarcane, rubber and gold, Song embarks upon a perilous voyage across the oceans to the British colony of Guiana, but once there he discovers riches are not so easy to come by and he is forced into labouring as an indentured plantation worker.

This is only the beginning of Song’s remarkable life, but as he finds himself between places and between peoples, and increasingly aware that the circumstances of birth carry more weight than accomplishments or good deeds, Song fears he may live as an outsider forever.

This beautifully written and evocative story spans nearly half a century and half the globe, and though it is set in another century, Song’s story of emigration and the quest for an opportunity to improve his life is timeless.

#2020RoundUp: Best Books

Thursday, 31 December 2020

I may be halfway through essay season right now, but did you really think I was going to leave you without my best books of 2020??? HA. Although I will admittedly be keeping this rather short, I hope you appreciate my witty, verbose (aka my tutor's way of calling me a condensing twat) eloquence and that it hopefully retains some of the charisma of previous years... Although, with the year (and my brain) being as it is, I can't imagine that is very likely.