I have got myself into something of a muddle trying to get to the bottom of why Caroline Norton was so miffed that some other Mrs Norton had the temerity to call herself ‘the Honourable Mrs Norton’ in an article written for Bentley’s Miscellany. And I think, what it boils down to, is that IContinue reading “Understanding the British peerage system: WTAF?”
Crypto currency? Sudden death? And, dare I say it, a novel that is probably firmly in the thriller genre? Those who follow my reviews know that this is a book I would normally give a rapid swerve to. It is not something I would usually pick up, even with the most enticing of covers. However,Continue reading “Review of Cold Wallet by Rosy Fenwicke”
I am just about reaching the end of my third cycle of HRT. Already I am struck by that word: cycle. I didn’t plan it this way, but it seems I have timed my monthly bleed to coincide with the full moon. The wolf moon was the first, the snow moon the second. Now, theContinue reading “HRT: Three Months In”
Today is one year since I bundled myself into my car, with an empty dog carrier, a boot full of puppy supplies, and if I’m being honest, a tad more than a little trepidation niggling away at me. I was on my way to collect my puppy, an adorable mostly apricot coloured maltipoo with smatteringsContinue reading “Happy Dogaversary to Me!”
I have shed many tears this week. Some of joy. Mostly, however, they have been tears of utter despair. This has been a maddening, exhilarating, but ultimately, a frightening week to be a woman in the UK. Sarah Everard is the name on every woman’s lips, her story one that we internalise from the momentContinue reading “#IAmTheStorm”
This is the first time in while writing my review, I downgraded my star rating. On reflection, there was much that was difficult with this book, which is a shame, because it opened with such promise. Gerta by Kateřina Tučková My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book had me really conflicted. There were timesContinue reading “Gerta: A Review”
I feel like I have come to feminism far too late in life. It is only now, with the reading I have done, my research into the proto-feminist movement of the nineteenth century for my studies, and my engagement with current feminist issues relating to the erasure of the language we use to define womenContinue reading “Adrienne Rich’s Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution”
Girl A by Abigail Dean My rating: 3 of 5 stars As I always try to give reasons when I give a book less than 4 stars, here is my thoughts on Girl A. I went into this book with high expectations, such was the hype that accompanied the debut. Unfortunately, this is one ofContinue reading “Girl A and the Hype of a Debut Novel”
Shortlisted for the Booker in 2001, I will never understand how it did not win. In 2010, Time Magazine listed it as one of the top 100 English language novels since 1923. Atonement by Ian McEwan My rating: 5 of 5 stars It is always interesting coming back to a book you read many yearsContinue reading “Atonement by Ian McEwan, An Old Favourite Read Again”
I have just posted my review on Goodreads, and I am somewhat stunned by the very mixed reviews on this book. I think my review – being somewhere in the middle, probably represents my view that there is some value in the book. It was just very difficult to engage with it. The Lost Homestead:Continue reading “The Last Homestead by Marina Wheeler”
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