Review: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

Opening sentence: ‘The windows of a spaceship casually frame miracles.’ With this evocative opening sentence, Chris Hadfield begins his unique story. He was an astronaut for 21 years and has been into space three times; the final time for five months aboard the International Space Station, starting in December 2012. Space travel is something that […]

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Review: Educated by Tara Westover

Opening sentence: “I’m standing on the red railway car that sits abandoned next to the barn.” Educated is a new type of read for me:Β It’s the first time I’ve picked up a biography of someone I didn’t know (read: not a celeb.) I’d never heard of Tara Westover before, but her story is fascinating. Recommended […]

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Review: Eat, Drink, Run by Bryony Gordon

Opening sentence: “I never thought I was a runner.” I finished reading Eat, Drink, Run last Sunday on the day of the London marathon and seeing as how it’s all about Telegraph journalist Bryony Gordon’s experience running that very race for the first time, that seemed quite serendipitous. (Perhaps randomly as a non-runner, this is […]

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Blog Tour: I Found My Tribe by Ruth Fitzmaurice

I Found My Tribe by Ruth Fitzmaurice Opening sentence: “Three-year old Sadie says that Dadda talks with his eyes.” I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for this truly enchanting book. I Found My Tribe is Ruth Fitzmaurice’s memoir about how she dealt with her husband, Simon, being diagnosed with Motor […]

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Review: Bookworm by Lucy Mangan

Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading by Lucy Mangan Opening sentence: “I still have all my childhood books.” I considered myself a pretty dedicated bookworm until reading this. Lucy Mangan has an insane amount of books:Β ‘I was once interviewed by a man from a book collecting magazine because he refused to believe that I had […]

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Review: Odd Girl Out by Laura James

Odd Girl Out: An Autistic Woman in a Neurotypical World by Laura James Opening sentence: “‘Can’t you just enjoy the silence?’ Tim sighs.” At the age of 45, journalist Laura James was diagnosed with autism – a moment she describes as, ‘at once shocking and liberating.’Β In this memoir, she gives an interesting, informative and emotive […]

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Review: This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay Opening sentence: “In 2010, after six years of training and a further six years on the wards, I resigned from my job as a junior doctor.” Let me start by saying this is hands-down one of the best memoirs I’ve read. […]

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