Book Review

Dracula, by Bram Stoker (1897)

I was really surprised by this novel. Dracula is such an integral part of the Gothic literary canon (and the classic canon generally), so it’s been one of those books that I’ve felt I’ve already read. It was the first book that caught my eye when I visited my local library recently, and I’m very… Continue reading Dracula, by Bram Stoker (1897)

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Book Hangovers

I’ve been binge-watching Jen Campbell’s amazing YouTube/BookTube videos during the last few days and I came across one about Book Hangovers. I can’t be the only one who has just discovered this term for this experience, can I? Either way, I’m glad I can finally put a ‘name’ on that feeling. A Book Hangover is… Continue reading Book Hangovers

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Review: Vera, by Elizabeth von Arnim (1921)

I’m not going to lie. This book disappointed me, and it was a struggle to read. Part of that I think was deliberate: von Arnim uses a lot of repetition which results in a claustrophobic reading experience to mirror what the protagonist, Lucy, feels. That aspect was so effective. I also think, though, that either… Continue reading Review: Vera, by Elizabeth von Arnim (1921)

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Review: The Cows, by Dawn O’Porter (2017)

I could not put down this novel. Literally. It’s a 439 page tome and I finished it in less than 2 days. It’s exhilarating. O’Porter’s bold, unique voice has been well known for years from her journalism, and she translates this well into her first adult novel. In Tara, Cam, and Stella, O’Porter has created… Continue reading Review: The Cows, by Dawn O’Porter (2017)

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PRH JobHack – Newcastle, 22nd September 2017

Today's post is a little different. I attended a JobHack organised by the Careers and Events teams at Penguin Random House a couple of weeks ago, and had such a good time, I felt I had to share my experience. Every year, this event travels around the UK to give people from all backgrounds a… Continue reading PRH JobHack – Newcastle, 22nd September 2017

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Review: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson (2011)

This is a long review - I loved this memoir so much, and I found it hard to cut it down and make my thoughts about it coherent. I could have included 20 more stunning quotes but it might have been a bit much. So here it is: “Why be happy when you could be… Continue reading Review: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson (2011)