A New Treasure of Poetry compiled by Neil Philip

If I read a lot as a child, I don’t remember it. So it’s nice when I get little reminders that there was more to me that TV when I find books such as ‘A New Treasure of Poetry’ that my Aunt and Uncle gave to me for Christmas, 1994. I was eight, we must have been writing poetry at school, and the Wondercrump poetry book had sparked my imagination. Only, I doubt I actually ………

Review: The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

When I’m feeling low or dissatisfied I often find myself nostalgic for an England that was never mine or never existed. A rose tinted community of simpler times without mobile phones and Google, when privacy was just that. Then I remember the privileges today’s society affords me and how little I would know without the internet. Nevertheless, I crave the anonymity of the past as much as I crave the exposure of the present, and as such, ………

Over at Shiny New Books: The Witchfinder’s Sister

The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown. “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 ………

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 ………