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 […]

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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, […]

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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: ‘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.’ 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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February Wrap Up / March TBR

Fiction-wise, February has been very varied, which has been a delight! I met a new favourite character, read two very different – but highly entertaining – thrillers and enjoyed a contemporary read around the pressures of trying for a baby. Trying is the debut novel by Grazia magazine’s Features Director and is that great combo […]

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