Dot Matrix by Jack Binding - a darkly amusing revenge story with a spooky twist that's perfect as the year creeps into winter.
For anyone who has ever struggled with their mental health - or who knows some who has - Walking On Custard is an absolute must-read. In a recent Q&A with the author himself, we discussed this stunning book and what he's up to next.
Matilda is one of my favourite literary heroines - strong-minded, smart, sassy, an enthusiast in life. And Roald Dahl's novel, other than being the rebellious nerd's handbook to growing up good, has a very special message I don't think any other makes quite so brilliantly: books are magic (uniquely, portably so) and they give us power - super powers - that we barely notice. Here are my musings upon that, with some ideas for how we can become Real Life Superheroes.
I am not trying to sell you a new job (although we are hiring if you’re awesome and want to work with me) but this blog does ask you to examine your idea of "careerism". If you stop half way, you may suffer from the following symptoms: confusion, anxiety, nausea, uncontrollable weeping and intense itchiness of the feet. If you do experience any of these, don’t worry, it’ll pass once you get off your butt and change your stars.
When it comes to trying to make sense of death, dying, grief and loss, many revert to telling stories – in these book reviews, written for the wonderful Death & The Maiden blog, I look at seven books that explore death and our relationship with it in interesting, imaginative, far from morbid ways. “They are books exploring our relationship with death – how we construct horrors and hopes around dying, how we use story to sooth our anxieties and investigate our fascinations with the deceased.” Why not pop over to Death & The Maiden and check them out?
Writer, blogger and self proclaimed word-nerd Harriet Allner, presents the first in a series of special posts for Death & the Maiden that explore death in literature. This week’s novels take various questions about human life and death, exploring them in interesting, challenging ways. Examining how we construct horrors and hopes around dying, how we use story to sooth our anxieties and investigate our fascinations with the deceased.
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Tuesday, 7.30pm, logging on to twitter. I’m leaving work, passing elegant Georgian houses-turned-offices, cutting through leafy squares full of exhausted suits, smiling when I run into someone with a friendly dog that doesn’t care that it’s London and talking to strangers just isn’t the done thing. There’s something about that time of the day: the shackles … Continue reading No Taboo, No Problem: Writing about Controversial Topics
If you're like me and you chase that feeling where it's like an author has just bitchslapped your brain with a brilliant idea, when you can feel your hair stand on end because you *just never thought of it that way before*, or when your whole world turns into a warm ball of goo because everything has been tilted on its axis and you barely know up from down anymore then here are six non-fiction books for you (fiction recommendations coming soon).
The way we react and talk about trauma has changed thanks to the rise of social media and 24-hr news cycles. Recently, we saw this following the massacre in Orlando, the murder of MP Jo Cox, the EU Referendum more generally. All very different events. All followed by outpourings of grief, condolence, anger, support that went viral and … Continue reading On Silence & Speaking Up (Or Why Our Voices Matter)
Like so many love stories, this one begins with two strangers meeting on a Saturday night in an overcrowded bar and ending with regrets. Or rather, like so many modern undefined-relationship stories, this one actually begins with two people with mutual Facebook friends meeting IRL and ending via Whatsapp. Oh yes, here we go: the non-relationship.
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch A genius work of speculative suspense fiction, a thrilling love story, an intimate action adventure from the author of Wayward Pines Have you ever wondered: ‘what if?’ As in, what if you ate the apple instead of the cake? What if you never went to that pub that night? What if … Continue reading Book Review: Dark Matter, the Mind-Twisty Must-Read from Blake Crouch