‘Girl Meets Boy’ by Ali Smith

‘Let me tell you about when I was a girl, my grandfather says’. Girls meets Boy had me hooked from the first line. An imaginative re-version of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, it follows two sisters as they grapple with life, love, and finding a place to exist in the modern world. This book is joyful, funny, poetic,… Continue reading ‘Girl Meets Boy’ by Ali Smith

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‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte

Mr Lockwood has rented a house on the Yorkshire moors. When he pays a visit to his landlord – a Mr Heathcliff – he is bemused by the man’s unusual household, comprised of his beautiful but beleaguered daughter-in-law, her rough and seemingly illiterate cousin, and an elderly and religiously fanatical servant. When Lockwood is forced… Continue reading ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte

‘My Name is Leon’ by Kit de Waal

Leon loves his baby brother Jake. When their mum gets ill, and can’t get out of bed for days on end, it is Leon who takes care of Jake, who feeds him, cleans him, and cuddles him when he cries. No-one is as good at looking after Jake as Leon is. But when their mum… Continue reading ‘My Name is Leon’ by Kit de Waal

‘A Pale View of Hills’ by Kazuo Ishiguro

Etsuko’s daughter, Keiko, has committed suicide. As she attempts to come to terms with this tragic event, Etsuko finds herself increasingly drawn into the past, to her old life in Japan, and in particular to one hot Nagasaki summer when she was newly married to her first husband, and befriended a strange woman named Sachiko…… Continue reading ‘A Pale View of Hills’ by Kazuo Ishiguro

‘The Power’ by Naomi Alderman

The Power imagines a world in which teenage girls all over the globe discover that they posses the inexplicable ability to conduct electricity with their bodies. The far-reaching and unpredictable consequences of this change are described from a range of different perspectives in this fast-paced, highly readable, and thought-provoking book. Unavoidably, the novel considers issues… Continue reading ‘The Power’ by Naomi Alderman

‘The Birds and Other Stories’ by Daphne du Maurier

This week, I am thrilled to be featured in 2 Elizabeths, a new and exciting online literary magazine. You can read the review of Daphne du Maurier's The Birds and Other Stories which I wrote for them here.