Ctrl, Alt; Delete by Emma Gannon

It’s hard to remember my life without thinking, in turn, of the internet. The internet became big just at the right time for me, I’d had years of roaming and playing outside as a child and now I was 13 with dial-up. The internet was the home of the Hamster Dance, Dancing Baby, and Weebl’s Stuff. Until well after University, I spent the majority of my time online. I had (many) a blog before they were the ………

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, ………