Over at Shiny New Books: Stay With Me

“Akin’s father has died and Yejide is coming home. Set against a backdrop of political turmoil, Stay With Me is a powerful commentary on motherhood, love, grief, tradition and culture in Nigeria during the 80s and 90s. Flitting between past and present, the novel follows protagonist Yejide and her husband Akin as their marriage progresses towards an inevitable parting. While love brought them together, it also pulls them apart as Akin goes to various lengths ………

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

Some of my fondest memories of being a child are when my dad read to my sister and me before bed. I couldn’t list most of the stories, I don’t remember all of them, but whenever I remember these moments I think of C. S. Lewis. From The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe onwards my Dad read us every book (until it came to The Magician’s Nephew, which I read myself) the books are so ………

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

When I was young Carrie Fisher wasn’t cool. To my pre-teen mind, she was interchangeable and unrecognisable from Margo Kidder. This is pre-feminist Alice, pre any understanding of mental health Alice. And this Alice was scared (of everything, but that’s another story for another time). In reality, all Carrie Fisher did “wrong” was be different, outspoken and intelligent. She wasn’t a woman I was told by society to be; one of the boys, amenable, appreciative ………

I’m obsessed with the perfect playlist

I predominantly obsess over songs, listening over and over again until I am completely sick of them. Music is an escape for my imagination, and it likes to tell the same story until a new narrative is needed. Yet, there are some artists and songs that escape the listen-until-I-hate and they get moved into different places ready for when I need them. When I need to concentrate at work, it’s early Classical or electronic instrumentals, when ………