REVIEW: Ordinary Hazards, Anna Bruno #BLOGTOUR

Thursday, 27 August 2020

Emma has settled into her hometown bar for the evening. It was in this very room that she met Lucas a few years back, on a blind date. Nine months ago, in unimaginable circumstances, they divorced.

As Emma listens to the locals’ banter, key facts about her life story begin to emerge and the past comes bearing down on her like a freight train.

A powerhouse in the business world, why has she ended up here, now a regular in the last bar on the edge of a small town? What is she running away from? And what is she willing to give up in order to recapture the love she has lost?

As Emma teeters on the edge of oblivion, becoming more booze-soaked by the hour, her night begins to spin out of control with shocking results.

The Booker Prize 2020 - Longlist (& Plan of Action!)

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

The Booker Prize 2020 - Longlist graphic

I must admit that, even as someone who spends most of their waking moments speaking/thinking about books, I hadn't even considered that a Booker longlist would be anywhere on the upcoming book calendar. Like, I knew that, at some indefinite point this year, they'd announce the Booker list but, for a few months at least, it has been some far-off future concept only. It may be the Coronavirus, it may be the fact that the so-named global pandemic has postponed the announcing of the winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction, but honestly, when the Booker longlist popped-up, I had to pinch myself to make me believe it. 
Although, like many, I suppose that skin-pinching wasn't all too rare in the book community. Primarily because of the content of the list and the fact that Maggie O'Farrell and Brit Bennett were not on it. Honestly, it is like the Colson Whitehead situation all over again...

REVIEW: Rodham, Curtis Sittenfeld #BLOGTOUR

Thursday, 2 July 2020

REVIEW: Rodham, Curtis Sittenfeld #BLOGTOUR graphic

Smart, diligent, and a bit plain, that’s the general consensus. Then Hillary goes to college, and her star rises. At Yale Law School, she continues to be a leader— and catches the eye of driven, handsome and charismatic Bill. But when he asks her to marry him, Hillary gives him a firm No. The rest, as they say, isn’t history. How might things have turned out for them, for America, for the world itself, if Hillary Rodham had really turned down Bill Clinton?
With her sharp but always compassionate eye, Sittenfeld explores the loneliness, moral ambivalence and iron determination that characterise the quest for high office, as well as the painful compromises demanded of female ambition in a world ruled by men.