The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

I came across The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer by accident, when last Tuesday I wanted to find a TV programme to pass some time before I left for work. I propped up my Kindle, playing the first thing I found. The Interestings. It was so good that within the first five or ten minutes I new I needed to read the book. And for the next few days, I did. “The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a ………

Clothes Clothes Clothes, Music Music Music, Boys Boys Boys by Viv Albertine

Long time readers of the blog will know that discovered Viv Albertine when I volunteered for the Brighton Festival back in 2014. Her autobiography Clothes Clothes Clothes, Music Music Music, Boys Boys Boys was coming out, and she was doing this talk as part of the book tour. I had never heard of her before, but instantly she was the inspiration I never realised I needed. It was exactly like when I discovered Caitlin Moran, something ………

Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle

Yesterday I discovered something important, pictures make learning fun, and easy. I know what you’re thinking, ‘way to be late to the party Alice, what tyrant withheld picture books from your childhood?’ Fear not dear reader, Peter and Jane took me through a worryingly long period of my youth. Since reading Maus I’ve wanted to give graphic novels* more of my time, but other than Persepolis I’ve not picked up another one since reading it. Then, suddenly, ………

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

A summer or two ago I bought a Penguin collection of books on love, and after culling from my TBR any books I just wasn’t going to get round to reading Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin was the only one that remained. At 150 pages and while I find myself once again in a slump, it seemed like the perfect book to pick up. So, on when the classic playlist (which I accidentally over Bach-ed) ………