book review

Book Review: ‘Convenience Store Woman’ by Sayaka Murata

Society has certain expectations of how people are meant to live their lives – certainly in other countries these expectations can vary but ultimately, they are often one and the same. Good job, marriage, kids – the trifecta of expectation, but sometimes we are a square peg and, despite our …

Book Review: A Beginner’s Guide to Being Mental by Natasha Devon

“If climate change or capitalism doesn’t cause the apocalypse first, it might very well be heralded by the collective loss of our minds,” Natasha Devon states in the introduction to ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Being Mental’. “This book is therefore my attempt to save the world. No pressure then…” This …

Roxane Gay’s Hunger Challenges Toxic Societal Norms

Trigger Warning: Discussion of rape, difficult relationships with food Roxane Gay’s memoir, Hunger, is intensely moving. And although she refers to it as a “confession”, it can undoubtedly be considered a personal story with implications for us all. Gay confronts the unimaginable pain of her past with bravery, and in …

Book Review: Evening Primrose by Kopano Matlwa

Kopano Matlwa has been described as ‘South Africa’s Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’ for her approach to this heartfelt examination of xenophobia, South African society, mental health, family and hope. Set in post-apartheid South Africa, this 150 page four part novel is written as a series of journal entries by Masechaba, a …

Book Review: The Descent of Man by Grayson Perry

Once in a while we encounter an idea that changes everything in our world. And sometimes, all we need to do is open our eyes and read. The renowned linguist and political commentator/critic, Noam Chomsky, wrote in 1985: “We live entangled in webs of endless deceit, often self-deceit, but with …

Book Review: ‘The Power’ by Naomi Alderman

It’s mid-morning. The air is warm. I’m wearing a sports bra, cotton shorts, a loose tank top, headphones. I’m running uphill, gentle and slow, the wind in my face, music keeping my rhythm measured. I see a man, mid-twenties, posting leaflets. He catches my eye, notes my lipstick, lingers. I …

Book Review: ‘Like a Queen’

The old saying ‘I laughed, I cried’ needs updating to ‘I laughed, I cried, and I may have also snorted’. In case you’ve missed out on Constance, she is an Australian blogger, usually writing about kids, mum stuff, wife stuff, and family life… but she is still relevant to those …