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: 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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

Top 5: Summer Reads

When this heatwave started, I assumed we were looking at four days of warm weather – a week max. Six weeks later, and with no drop of rain on the horizon (at least not here in London) maybe we can just call it summer? How novel. One thing I have found is the warm, bright […]

Read More

Review: How Not to be a Boy by Robert Webb

How Not to be a Boy by Robert Webb Opening sentence: “‘If I get this right, Tess Rampling will definitely want to have sex with me.’” Not that I’m usually too swayed by gushing book cover quotes, but when said quote is from J.K Rowling (‘I (genuinely) cried. I (genuinely) laughed out loud. Profound, touching, […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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: ‘I was once interviewed by a man from a book collecting magazine because he refused to believe that I had […]

Read More

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.’ In this memoir, she gives an interesting, informative and emotive […]

Read More