Review of The Nine by Gwen Strauss – The Power of Female Solidarity

The Nine: The True Story of a Band of Women Who Survived the Worst of Nazi Germany by Gwen Strauss My rating: 5 of 5 stars Reading the reviews of this book, it is being almost universally, and deservedly, applauded for telling another story – or another nine stories – of people who have survivedContinue reading “Review of The Nine by Gwen Strauss – The Power of Female Solidarity”

Review of Material Girls by Kathleen Stock

Material Girls: Why Reality Matters for Feminism by Kathleen Stock My rating: 5 of 5 stars I need to start my review with a disclaimer. First of all, this is not an academic review – simply my own personal response to the book. I would define my feminism as being gender critical. This not anContinue reading “Review of Material Girls by Kathleen Stock”

When A Sequel Goes Wrong… The Mallen Secret by Rosie Goodwin

After my recent foray in reading Catherine Cookson books, I came across a sequel written by Rosie Goodwin. All I can say is that I really wish I hadn’t. As I always like to give a reason when I rate a book with three stars of less, here are my thoughts on The Mallen Secret:Continue reading “When A Sequel Goes Wrong… The Mallen Secret by Rosie Goodwin”

The Case of the Married Woman by Antonia Fraser – A Review

The Case of the Married Woman: Caroline Norton: A 19th Century Heroine Who Wanted Justice for Women by Antonia Fraser My rating: 5 of 5 stars First of all, I should start with a bit of a disclaimer. I am, I must confess, somewhat obsessed with Caroline Norton. I am also a fan of AntoniaContinue reading “The Case of the Married Woman by Antonia Fraser – A Review”

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke My rating: 5 of 5 stars I began this novel with some trepidation, not being particularly keen on the fantasy genre. Yet, when I opened the book, it was to find that Piranesi begins with a quote from The Magician’s Nephew, one of my favourite childhood books (in many ways farContinue reading “Piranesi by Susanna Clarke”

Pandora’s Jar: Women in Greek Myths by Natalie Haynes

Pandora’s Jar: Women in the Greek Myths by Natalie Haynes My rating: 3 of 5 stars I always like to explain my reasons when I give a book three stars or less. My rating of three stars for this book came about from a combination of the circumstances of my coming to it, together withContinue reading “Pandora’s Jar: Women in Greek Myths by Natalie Haynes”

Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller: An Unsettling Read

Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book was a bit of a strange one for me. I really, really enjoyed the writing, but I found, by the end of the book, there was something deeply unsatisfying in how the story played itself out. Another book from the Women’s PrizeContinue reading “Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller: An Unsettling Read”

The Midnight Library – A Book to Read in a Single Day

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig My rating: 5 of 5 stars It has been a long time since I began and finished a book on the same day. This is the book that did it. The premise of the book is, in essence, quite simple – what if you were given the gift toContinue reading “The Midnight Library – A Book to Read in a Single Day”

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps her House by Cherie Jones

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones My rating: 5 of 5 stars How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps her House a tale told Lala’s grandmother, Wilma, early in the novel. It is a tale of two sisters. One ‘good’, one ‘bad’, and the consequences that result for the choices they make, whenContinue reading “How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps her House by Cherie Jones”

No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood

No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood My rating: 4 of 5 stars This was somewhat of a tricky book to get into. The book is divided into two parts, largely consisting of short paragraphs, which sometimes do not gel together particularly well. I suspect that this was an attempt to mimic theContinue reading “No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood”