White Teeth by Zadie Smith

I have owned a copy of White Teeth by Zadie Smith, from memory, three times (possibly more). In my late teens, mid-twenties, and now. A novel so wonderfully formed that it was overwhelming to my untrained reading mind. As per my Common Reader Effect, it was third time lucky and White Teeth finally felt within…

Read More


Shiny New Books Are My Bag

Issue 12 of Shiny New Books was released last week, full of the usual delights. I reviewed About My Mother By Tahar Ben Jelloun, and here are some of the reviews I enjoyed: Eileen By Ottessa Moshfegh Do Not Say We Have Nothing By Madeleine Thien Purple Hibiscus By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The Railway Children…

Read More

Brighton Toy Museum

Literary Life: September in Review

I’m wearing a jumper, I’ve switched to a winter quilt, and I’m considering a fringe – it must be autumn. September was a quiet month and rather depressingly I’m having to check Instagram to see if I’ve done anything. Who needs a memory when you’ve got social media….. I went to the Brighton Toy Museum,…

Read More

eileen by ottessa moshfegh

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

I honestly don’t know if I enjoyed this book or not. I feel shaken and disturbed. “A lonely young woman working in a boys’ prison outside Boston in the early 60s is pulled into a very strange crime, in a mordant, harrowing story of obsession and suspense, by one of the brightest new voices in…

Read More