REVIEW: The Philosopher's Daughters, Alison Booth #BLOGTOUR

Monday, 30 March 2020


London in 1891: Harriet Cameron is a talented young artist whose mother died when she was barely five. She and her beloved sister Sarah were brought up by their father, radical thinker James Cameron. After adventurer Henry Vincent arrives on the scene, the sisters' lives are changed forever. Sarah, the beauty of the family, marries Henry and embarks on a voyage to Australia. Harriet, intensely missing Sarah, must decide whether to help her father with his life's work or devote herself to painting.
When James Cameron dies unexpectedly, Harriet is overwhelmed by grief. Seeking distraction, she follows Sarah to Australia, and afterwards into the Northern Territory outback, where she is alienated by the casual violence and great injustices of outback life.
Her rejuvenation begins with her friendship with an Aboriginal stockman and her growing love for the landscape. But this fragile happiness is soon threatened by murders at a nearby cattle station and by a menacing station hand seeking revenge.

REVIEW: A Theatre for Dreamers, Polly Samson #BLOGTOUR

Thursday, 26 March 2020


1960. The world is dancing on the edge of revolution, and nowhere more so than on the Greek island of Hydra, where a circle of poets, painters and musicians live tangled lives, ruled by the writers Charmian Clift and George Johnston, troubled king and queen of bohemia. Forming within this circle is a triangle: its points the magnetic, destructive writer Axel Jensen, his dazzling wife Marianne Ihlen, and a young Canadian poet named Leonard Cohen. 
Into their midst arrives teenage Erica, with little more than a bundle of blank notebooks and her grief for her mother. Settling on the periphery of this circle, she watches, entranced and disquieted, as a paradise unravels. 

Lockdown Recommendations: Movie Musicals

Sunday, 22 March 2020

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I assume that, by now, most of you are starting to catch a slight case of cabin fever. As someone who is chronically-ill, I am well aware that staying in the house all of the time is difficult - even without the stresses of a global pandemic and the government forcing you to do so. 
So, in this time of great uncertainty, I urge you to follow my lead and turn to things that never fail to make you smile: movie musicals. This list is compiled of six ├╝ber-amazing, non-animated (because, of course, that will be a separate list) movies with not a depressing theme in sight (sorry, Moulin Rouge, etc).
Well, apart from Danny being a dick but that's par for the course.

Popular Books I Hate

Saturday, 14 March 2020

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These were the worst of times, these were the worst of times.
How are we all? Panicking, screaming, crying, all of the above?
To be honest, I have ticked all of those boxes at some points over the last week and, five days in and no end in sight, things are probably not going to change anytime soon. But, I thought one positive at least could come out of all of this (well, two actually, because I am writing my dissertation on the sociological implications of contagion): getting my old blog schedule back on track.
It might seem pretty trivial right now but, for the time being anyway, I think focussing on the small things is the way to go.
Manageable chunks and all that, right?
So, here we go with my first (and potentially most controversial) blog post of the pandemic.

REVIEW: Coming Up For Air, Sarah Leipciger #BLOGTOUR

Wednesday, 11 March 2020


On the banks of the River Seine in 1899, a heartbroken young woman takes her final breath before plunging into the icy water. Although she does not know it, her decision will set in motion an astonishing chain of events. It will lead to 1950s Norway, where a grieving toymaker is on the cusp of a transformative invention, all the way to present-day Canada, where a journalist battling a terrible disease, drowning in her own lungs, risks everything for one last chance to live.

Women's Prize for Fiction 2020 - Longlist (& Plan of Action!)

Sunday, 8 March 2020


Happy International Women's Day everyone! I know this is coming to you a little late - I had a foray into London (be on the lookout for the return of my once-in-a-blue-moon travel posts!) and, as more days passed, I thought it only apt to wait and schedule this post today instead of any other. So, let's get to backseat-judging...