A Rock In A Riverbed; ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ by Khaled Hosseini

“Whatever rights your have are because feminists went out and grabbed them for you. Feminists, not shoe designers or chocolate manufacturers.” On International Women’s Day 2012 Linda Grant took to twitter. In making the above statement, she was asserting that women should remember what has been fought for to enable them to have the rights and freedoms they are entitled to, and continue to be empowered by it. Thirty years ago I would have had ………

The Other Mother; ‘Coraline’ by Neil Gaiman

Are Introverts life’s losers? Longman’s online dictionary describes an Introvert as someone who is quiet and shy, not enjoying the company of others.Longman’s Online While I consider myself introverted I would never be termed shy, and I am fairly certain, dependent on the situation, that I am not particularly quiet. Susan Cain wrote an article recently for the Guardian online on the importance of Introverts. My childhood was a myriad of being told to speak ………

Arrested Development; ‘The Sun Also Rises’ by Ernest Hemingway

“The… the other important joke, for me, is one that’s usually attributed to Groucho Marx; but, I think it appears originally in Freud’s “Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious,” and it goes like this – I’m paraphrasing – um, “I would never want to belong to any club that would have someone like me for a member.” That’s the key joke of my adult life, in terms of my relationships with women.”Alvy Singer, Annie ………

Dead Duck Day; ‘About A Boy’ by Nick Hornby

No man is an island, or woman for that matter. A lot of us try, but eventually you need or want to build a life with someone (mostly so you stop talking to yourself) and expand your island into a country or continent; depending on how virile you are. I quite enjoy island life; it is a lot easier to look after yourself than other people. Making mistakes in your own life, that is fine, ………