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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Review: Ideal Love – Alice Burnett

n.b. This image contains a proof copy, not the final cover of the book.
Initially, I wasn't going to read and review Ideal Love. Quite literally judging the book by its cover (okay, title), I thought it was the kind of book I would usually avoid, wrongfully assuming it might be a bit chick lit. But the mystery in the blurb drew me in, and I decided to go for it.


Sunday, 23 July 2017

New Zealand: 24 Hours in Auckland

It's not often that your boyfriend temporarily moves to the other side of the world for pilot school, so as soon as he had settled in we began planning my trip over to New Zealand to visit.


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Review: The Mentor – Vaudeville Theatre

Written by renowned German novelist Daniel Kehlmann and translated into English by Christopher Hampton, The Mentor pens the interaction between two playwrights, one considered a literary legend and the other just beginning his career.


Saturday, 8 July 2017

5 Reasons to Read Literary Classics

The wonderful Legend Press, who you may have noticed I work with a lot on my blog, have just released a new range of classic titles, and it's got me thinking about why we should still be reading the classics. 


Sunday, 2 July 2017

Review: Hir – Bush Theatre

After serving three years in the Marines, Isaac (Arthur Darvill) returns home to his small town in Central Valley, America to find out that things aren’t exactly how he left them. Isaac’s father (Andy Williams), having suffered a stroke, can no longer string a sentence together and is forced into the daily attire of a dress and clownish face paint by Isaac’s mother, Paige (Ashley McGuire). Under the same umbrella of humiliation, Paige regularly sprays him with water as a punishment for bad behaviour, or years of patriarchal domestic abuse.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Review: An American in Paris - Dominion Theatre

An American in Paris, inspired by the 1951 Academy Award winning film, has been on my list since it arrived in the West End, following its critically-acclaimed run on Broadway. Having never seen the film, it wasn't the adaptation as such that intrigued me, but the fact that the Tony Award winning new musical incorporates the music of George and Ira Gershwin.


Sunday, 4 June 2017

Review: Me, Myself and Them – Dan Mooney

Denis Murphy is living with monsters. And we are introduced to these monsters from the opening sentence of the novel, as the four watch him eating his smoked salmon and brown bread. These aren’t just demons in Denis’ head, or skeletons in his closet, or monsters under the bed, these are four very real creatures manifested in quite disturbing forms. A gruesome clown, a rotting professor, a nondescript hairy being and a woman that is also a cat.

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