Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad Colson WhiteheadOne of the best books I’ve read this year. Colson Whitehead takes readers through some of terrible injustices heaped upon slaves in America.

The Underground Railroad is a well-written mixture of history and magical realism. The violence, racism and murder mean it isn’t light reading but I’m glad I picked up this story. Continue reading “Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead”

6 Pride And Prejudice Spin-Offs To Read Right Now

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen Spin OffsIt is a truth universally acknowledged that Pride and Prejudice is one of the most famous books on the planet – not bad for an author who never left Britain.

With very little action and absolutely no sex, the plot doesn’t scream ‘modern best seller’ but, like thousands of others, I’ve fallen in love with Jane Austen’s romantic classic. Continue reading “6 Pride And Prejudice Spin-Offs To Read Right Now”

Review: Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal

Unmarriageable Sobiah KamalPride and Prejudice in Pakistan. Who can resist that tag line?

Soniah Kamal has moved Jane Austen’s most famous romance to a brand new setting. The Bennets are now the Binat family living in Pakistan in the early 2000s.

Unmarriageable sticks closely to the original plot: Five impoverished sisters are under pressure to find husbands.

Like the Bennets in the original novel, the Binats are hanging onto their privileged status by their fingernails. Conned out of money by unscrupulous relatives, Mrs Binat is determined to marry her daughters to wealthy men.   Continue reading “Review: Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal”

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Couples in Books

Top Ten TuesdayHello readers! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s theme is ‘Favourite Couples in Books’.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature that was launched by The Broke and the Bookish. It has been hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl since January 2018.

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Review: Little by Edward Carey

Little by Edward CareyThis gorgeously grotesque book features body parts of all shapes and sizes. Go out and pick up a copy today. Just don’t read it while you’re eating.

Little fictionalises the life of Madam Tussaud. Born in the eighteenth century, this famous woman narrowly escaped the guillotine in France before touring Britain with a macabre set of death masks taken from the Revolution’s victims. Continue reading “Review: Little by Edward Carey”

Review: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

The Immortalists by Chloe BenjaminThere’s something unsettling about books that make you stare mortality in the face. After I finished The Immortalists I sat down and – for the first time ever – made a bucket list. Even if I never learn to create a soufflé or walk the Pennine Way, it gave me back the sense of control that this story rips away. Continue reading “Review: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin”