The Power by Naomi Alderman

In brief: On the Day of the Girls, the world changed forever. Power was given to the women, who knew how to use it…right? The good: Fascinating idea that examines the use and abuse of power by the sexes. The not-so-good: A little too much shocking and not enough movement at the start. Why I... Continue Reading →

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

In brief: Yejide wants a child. So does her husband and his family. But she never expected Akin to agree to take a second wife, which starts to crack their own marriage. The good: So many layers, secrets and emotion. The not-so-good: This book creates a mighty book hangover. Why I chose it: On the... Continue Reading →

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

In brief: Felix was a director of acclaim until he was tossed aside. After years of hiding, then working to produce plays within a prison, he has his opportunity for revenge… The good: Thought provoking, witty and original. The not-so-good: I need more by Margaret Atwood – why was this the first book of hers... Continue Reading →

The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso

In brief: Hortensia and Marion are elderly neighbours but deadly enemies, arguing over the smallest detail. But when a freak accident damages them both, they are forced to actually talk…what will happen? The good: Liked reading about older main characters. The not-so-good: Sometimes a bit too much going on with the backstory and present day... Continue Reading →

My Baileys Prize Wishlist 2016

I can't really call this list of predictions...but then wishlist isn't overly correct either. This is more a list of books I've loved, people whose opinions I respect have loved and books I'm desperate to read. As for wishlist, the Baileys Prize is one of the main lists I follow and without fail, I find... Continue Reading →

Dear Thief by Samantha Harvey (audiobook)

In brief: One night, our narrator starts writing to a long-lost friend about day to day life and what drove them apart. The good: It's an interesting format that meanders between the mundane events of daily life and things more shocking. The not-so-good: Easy to lose interest while listening, but hard to pick up again... Continue Reading →

I Am China by Xiaolu Guo

In brief: Iona, a translator, is asked to translate a mysterious collection of letters and diary entries between a Chinese couple. As Iona delves into the mystery of Jian and Mu, things gets very tricky and time is of the essence. The good: I loved the way it was written with the letters and diary... Continue Reading →

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