As a twentysomething, I often feel as if I am 'in training to be a heroine' like Jane Austen's Catherine Morland. Because even though I know there's no real narrative to any life outside of books, there's still a part of me searching ... after all if I'm not the heroine in my own life then what's the bloody point?
Oscar Wilde said: If at first you don't succeed, redefine success. When you think hard enough about it, this is all literature is about. Reinvention, imagination and just a little bit of gumption.
I’ve always found the best talks answer only enough questions to make you ask more. In spite of the ‘folk science’ element to what was said at ‘Good Psychopath, Really?’, a talk by Professor Kevin Dutton and author Andy McNab, the ideas definitely shoved me far enough away from my baseline to give me a space-eyed … Continue reading Are You A Psychopath? Are You Sitting Next To One?
Splinter the Silence is a timely psychological thriller with an unusual emphasis on characterisation. Looking at online abuse and trolling, Val McDermid's power of observation and journalistic talent is close to its best in the latest Tony Hill and Carol Jordan instalment.