May in books

May was a pretty good month in terms of reading. I read five books; two horrors, two paranormal romances and one true crime. My enjoyment of these five reads varied, with Thin Air getting five stars and Night Train getting a measly two. All of the books that I read are listed below. To read … Continue reading May in books

Review: ‘In Cold Blood’ Truman Capote

Controversial and compelling, In Cold Blood reconstructs the murder in 1959 of a Kansas farmer, his wife and both their children. Truman Capote's comprehensive study of the killings and subsequent investigation explores the circumstances surrounding this terrible crime and the effect it had on those involved. At the centre of his study are the amoral young killers … Continue reading Review: ‘In Cold Blood’ Truman Capote

Review: ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’ Reni Eddo-Lodge

The book that sparked a national conversation. Exploring everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race is the essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand race relations in Britain today. Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race is … Continue reading Review: ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’ Reni Eddo-Lodge

International Women’s Day 2021 – My Favourite Books About Women

It's International Women's Day, a day when we celebrate women - past and present - and their achievements. It's not just a day about recognising and celebrating achievements, though. It's also about the women who are fighting a daily battle for equality. Here in the UK, we live in a patriarchal society. In September 2020, … Continue reading International Women’s Day 2021 – My Favourite Books About Women

Review: ‘The Covent Garden Ladies’ Hallie Rubenhold

In 1757, a down-and-out Irish poet, the head waiter at the Shakespear's Head Tavern in Covent Garden, and a celebrated London courtesan became bound together by the publication of a little book: Harris's List of Covent Garden Ladies. This salacious work - detailing the names and 'specialities' of the capital's sex-workers- became one of the eighteenth century's most … Continue reading Review: ‘The Covent Garden Ladies’ Hallie Rubenhold

DNF: ‘24 Hours in Ancient Egypt’ Donald P. Ryan

Ancient Egypt wasn't all pyramids, sphinxes and gold sarcophagi. For your average Egyptian, life was tough, and work was hard, conducted under the burning gaze of the sun god Ra. During the course of a day in the ancient city of Thebes (modern-day Luxor), Egypt's religious capital, we meet 24 Egyptians from all strata of … Continue reading DNF: ‘24 Hours in Ancient Egypt’ Donald P. Ryan

Review: ‘Dead Mountain’ Donnie Eichar

In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the mountain climbing incident―unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the … Continue reading Review: ‘Dead Mountain’ Donnie Eichar