The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett

As would be expected from a Ken Follett novel, The Evening and the Morning is long. It is 832 pages, weighing in at a whopping 1.042kg in hardback. While toning your forearms you can indulge this epic and turbulent story, with conventional bad guys who revel in victory after victory until the very end, whenContinue reading “The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett”

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

We like to think of science and arts as being distinctly separate fields. Science is logic and reason, art is creativity and passion. You are this type of person, or this type of person. A Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens combined these two halves intoContinue reading “Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens”

Bolt from the Blue by Jeremy Cooper

Jeremy Cooper’s Bolt from the Blue documents the evolving relationship between artist and filmmaker Lynn Gallagher and her mother. Their story is told through a thirty-year postcard exchange, and while sometimes their conversations are affectionate, they can also be sharp, wounding and brutal. Cooper manages to flit across this spectrum with agility in a wonderfulContinue reading “Bolt from the Blue by Jeremy Cooper”

Home Stretch by Graham Norton

As a writer, Graham Norton has proven himself to have a refreshingly light touch. When combined with his insight into rural community life in Ireland, the result is a slice of uncomplicated escapism. His latest novel explores the weighty subjects of tragedy and shame, but without a leaving behind a gloomy or sombre residue. Instead,Continue reading “Home Stretch by Graham Norton”

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

City of Girls is certainly the most sugary book in Elizabeth Gilbert’s canon. A tumultuous coming-of-age novel, it follows Vivian, a nineteen-year-old college drop-out with very few prospects and an entitled disposition. She is shipped off to her Aunt Peg, the black sheep of the family, to New York City’s Lily Playhouse, and for theContinue reading “City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert”

Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett

I stumbled on this edition of Terry Pratchett’s Men at Arms in a charity book shop. Despite already owning a copy of this book, I couldn’t resist the £2.99 price tag and its garish but strangely spectacular cover. It’s an old edition and I couldn’t stop myself from buying several other similarly early Pratchetts shelvedContinue reading “Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett”

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

Feminist retellings of Greek myths are flooding book shelves, and they seem to be occupying an ever-growing corner of the market. Arguably, this trend picked up steam following the publication of Pat Barker’s The Silence of the Girls in 2018. This is undoubtedly a powerful novel; it is based on Homer’s poem The Iliad, oneContinue reading “The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker”

Get in Trouble by Kelly Link

Demon lovers, summer sprites, robot Boyfriends, pocket universes, superheroes in need of agents, shadows that turn into twins and iguana infestations, to name a few, populate Kelly Link’s giddying short story collection Get in Trouble. If this collection needed ten years to write, then it was certainly time well-spent. While some stories lacked impact, asContinue reading “Get in Trouble by Kelly Link”

Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith

Humans and cephalopods, a group including octopuses, squids and cuttlefish, diverged on their evolutionary paths around 600 million years ago, and two very different forms of intelligence developed along each fork. Peter Godfrey-Smith, author of Other Minds: The octopus and the evolution of intelligent life, is best placed to offer a concise introduction: “Cephalopods areContinue reading “Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith”