THE LONELY CITY: ADVENTURES IN THE ART OF BEING ALONE BY OLIVIA LAING

THE LONELY CITY: ADVENTURES IN THE ART OF BEING ALONE BY OLIVIA LAING

THE LONELY CITY: ADVENTURES IN THE ART OF BEING ALONE BY OLIVIA LAING

My three year old mentioned loneliness the other day. It wasn’t the first time she had uttered the word. At first, like most parents my reaction was one of concern. As though something painful, damaging and everlasting may be occurring in her soul. Because like everybody else I know how painful loneliness can be. It’s like being eternally cold on the inside, like a solitary iceberg chipped away and floating away from its family island. My first response was of course to console her and shower her in attention, even organise a friend to meet up with. Anything to fill

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NOBODY TOLD ME: POETRY AND PARENTHOOD BY HOLLIE McNISH

Literature | Review Nobody Told Me: Poetry and Parenthood by Hollie McNish If you are a mother, a mother to be, a father, a father to be or just simply a human, then reading McNish’s Nobody Told Me is not only a must but must be passed onto fellow mothers and fathers. Parenthood can be the most isolating, mind boggling, sleep deprived, trippy ride one can embark upon. You question yourself daily whether you are doing the right thing, you’re also questioned and criticised by strangers who insist you are doing everything wrong. CoSleeping, breastfeeding, opinions, and being unmarried with

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WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR BY PAUL KALANITHI

Literature | Review When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi At the age of thirty- six life was just beginning for Paul Kalanithi, he was close to becoming a neurosurgeon and had hopes of starting a family with his wife Lucy. At the age of thirty-six, life was ending for Paul Kalanithi from terminal cancer. Torn between his love for English literature and a deep desire to be a writer with a longing to help others through neuroscience he managed to write his story in times. It is this story which will live long after him. Kalanithi is warm and

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M TRAIN BY PATTI SMITH

Literature | Review M Train by Patti Smith                                                                  Smith opens with a dream, a cowpoke tells her “It’s not easy writing about nothing” and this ethereal message haunts her throughout the day. Smith takes her dreams seriously; they guide her, inspire her and reveal truths so it is not out of the ordinary for her to take on a challenge presented to her in her dream. Although she

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BIG MAGIC: CREATIVE LIVING BEYOND FEAR BY ElIZABETH GILBERT

Literature | Review Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert                                                                   Gilbert’s Big Magic is undoubtedly a self help book, in fact, she states that fact clearly. Its message is cast in a light of positivity at all times; can this be annoying at times? Sure it does but after all, it is a self help book and an interesting one which develops momentum as you

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THE IMPORTANCE OF REWILDING & REVIEW OF 30 DAYS OF REWILDING BY LUCY AITKENREAD’

THE IMPORTANCE OF REWILDING & REVIEW OF 30 DAYS OF REWILDING BY  LUCY AITKENREAD’

I’ve returned. Returned from a magical holiday in Sussex where we stayed on a little farm with an orchard, twenty minutes away from two seaside locations and I have to tell you, it has reignited a great wildness in my heart. Every evening after our dinner as the farmers packed up their day’s labour Ayla asked for “orchard” never had red ruby spheres brought such joy to her as she pointed out the cooking apples from the eating ones and crunched on apples she had picked herself. As sheep grazed then scattered from beneath the trees, the sun would slowly

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H IS FOR HAWK BY HELEN MACDONALD

Literature | Review H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald                                                                  Macdonald’s H is for Hawk is without a doubt “nature writing” at its finest. It’s the winner of the Samuel Johnson prize as well as the Costa biography award. Its beautifully written prose is poetic, sharp and mesmerizing all at once. Since childhood, Macdonald a writer and historian had a love for falconry. Knowledge that it belonged to a Victorian history made up of the male upper class didn’t seem to faze her in the slightest. When MacDonald’s father dies, she finds herself dealing with her grief by focusing

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THE TRIP TO ECHO SPRING BY OLIVIA LAING

Literature | Review The Trip To Echo Spring by Olivia Laing                                                                 If you loved Laing’s first book To The River, you shan’t be disappointed by her latest masterpiece which graced the shelves last year. To The River was hypnotic in nature whereas Echo Spring swallows you whole and pulls you along Laing’s journey into the lives of six of the greatest American writers that lived; Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Williams,

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The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Review The Round House by Louise Erdrich                                                                              Erdrich’s writing often reflects the lives of Native Americans and The Round House is of no exception. In the very familiar Stand By Me vein-  the film version of course which I  like many others obsessively watched as a child and young teenager, focuses on one summer; a group of friends and their entry into adulthood due to one defining incident. The Round House is a beautiful, harrowing, coming of age novel set on a South Dakotareservation where thirteen year old Joe’s mother is brutally raped. He takes it into his own

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Tony Hogan Bought Me An Ice Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma by Kerry Hudson

It’s very exciting and a privilege to be a part of Kerry’s blog hop in celebration of its paperback release! I read and reviewed  Tony Hogan this time last year during the throes of morning sickness and luckily,  her book managed to pull my mind away and immerse me in the world of Jannie Ryan. And what fun it truly was. But that is enough, I shall hand you over to the brilliant, hilarious and talented Kerry herself who tells us about her favourite London writing spots; Tony Hogan was written during a six month stint in Vietnam but before Tony Hogan there

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