An Update for Writers

For existing and prospective writers, things are changing (slightly) Hello, I’m writing this on a sunny, Easter Sunday morning. For those of you who celebrate Easter, I hope you are having an enjoyable weekend. Things are progressing with A Thousand Lives in the right direction, and I’m very pleased that so many writers have chosen to publishContinue reading “An Update for Writers”

‘The President Show’ Is a Dazzling and Haunting Debut novel

This dystopian world reveals a patriarchal, repressive society that sexualizes women with a culture of compliance. Recently, it feels like it has been hard to be a woman. A few weeks ago, a YouGov poll revealed that 97% of women aged between 18–24 in the UK had experienced sexual harassment in some form. Amidst womenContinue reading “‘The President Show’ Is a Dazzling and Haunting Debut novel”

The Value of a Good Book Recommendation

Why it matters, and how it can go a long way. When trying to kick start a new reading habit, sometimes, it can be hard to know where to look for solid recommendations. But on the other hand, the internet is full to the brim of listicles telling you about all the books you shouldContinue reading “The Value of a Good Book Recommendation”

Costanza Casati on Becoming a Debut Author

An interview with the author of THE PRESIDENT SHOW, a new feminist dystopian novel out this March. Facing rejection is a huge part of being a writer. Whether that’s submitting an article proposal to a publication you are passionate about or sending your first book off to a literary agent. Writing a novel is no easyContinue reading “Costanza Casati on Becoming a Debut Author”

Crime Authors to Read If You Love Agatha Christie

And the best books to start with. Agatha Christie reigned over my teenage years. I was obsessed with her witty, character-rich novels. She formed my taste for the mystery-thriller genre. I consumed every Christie book under the sun, some of them more than once. “Every murderer is probably somebody’s old friend.” — Agatha Christie ForContinue reading “Crime Authors to Read If You Love Agatha Christie”

“Where the Crawdads Sing” Challenges Preconceptions of Loneliness and Leading a Simple life

This is a beautiful story and one that contains a timely and important message. Where the Crawdads Sing, has received a lot of media attention and has become one of those books that many people recognise, regardless of whether they have read it or not. As a bookseller, I can say it went through theContinue reading ““Where the Crawdads Sing” Challenges Preconceptions of Loneliness and Leading a Simple life”

Top 5 Celebrity Autobiographies That You Should Read

Autobiographies and non-fiction are often overshadowed by fiction, but here are some I would recommend. People are sometimes more intrigued by a made-up world, as a form of escapism instead of reality, which I completely understand. But there is something about autobiographies that makes me want to consume more. Is it my nosy tendencies, havingContinue reading “Top 5 Celebrity Autobiographies That You Should Read”

What Makes and What Breaks a Good Book

These qualities determine how I feel about every read and encourage me to reflect on what to look for in future books.  Every passionate reader knows that generally, it doesn’t take long to decide how to feel about a book. For me, there is always one decisive moment during each read, when I know to whatContinue reading “What Makes and What Breaks a Good Book”

5 Books to Read if Lockdown Has Killed Your Attention Span

My top easy reads that are perfect for lockdown 3.0. If you’ve struggled to pick up a book in the last year, you’re not the only one — trust me. What should be the perfect time to settle down with a cup of tea and a good read (when you’re forced to stay at home,Continue reading “5 Books to Read if Lockdown Has Killed Your Attention Span”

Having Books As Friends Doesn’t Make You Weird

Because books have the power to change your life, teach you lessons and inspire you. With your back against the plush chair and your legs crossed beneath you, the soft murmurs from the other students in the library, and a gentle noise in the background, you finally open up to the first page of thatContinue reading “Having Books As Friends Doesn’t Make You Weird”