Review: ‘The Strange Affair of Madeleine Smith’ Douglas MacGowan

It was a case that rocked Victorian society. Emile L'Angelier was a working-class immigrant from the Channel Islands who began a clandestine affair with prominent Glasgow socialite Madeleine Smith. Six weeks after Emile threatened to show Madeleine's father their passionate letters, on 23 March 1857, he was found dead from arsenic poisoning. The evidence against … Continue reading Review: ‘The Strange Affair of Madeleine Smith’ Douglas MacGowan

Review: ‘Tales From the Cafe: Before the Coffee Gets Cold’ Toshikazu Kawaguchi

In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time ...From the author of Before the Coffee Gets Cold comes Tales from the Cafe, a story of … Continue reading Review: ‘Tales From the Cafe: Before the Coffee Gets Cold’ Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Review: ‘My Sweet Girl’ Amanda Jayatissa

Ever since she was adopted from an orphanage in Sri Lanka, Paloma has led a privileged Californian life: the best schools, a generous allowance and parents so perfect that Paloma fears she'll never live up to them. Now at thirty, Paloma has managed to disappoint her parents so thoroughly that their relationship will never recover. … Continue reading Review: ‘My Sweet Girl’ Amanda Jayatissa

What my 16 year old self thought of Twilight – A painful read

So, as I often do, I was scrolling through my Facebook memories the other morning, relishing snapshots of life from the BC (Before Covid) era. On this particular morning, though, I stumbled upon something that my 16 year old self had very boldly dubbed an article. The article in question is about the first Twilight … Continue reading What my 16 year old self thought of Twilight – A painful read