Books

Review: Cocoon by Russell Jones Rating 77%

Review: Cocoon by Russell Jones

Once again, it’s great to see poetry publisher, Tapsalteerie, taking risks and willing to support more experimental forms of poetry with this new full-length collection of poetry by Edinburgh-based writer & editor Russell Jones. Featuring comic poems illustrated by Sara Julia Campbell, Caroline Grebbell, Aimee Lockwood, Edward Ross & Mark Toner, as well as concrete and more conventional poetry, Cocoon is a refreshing breathe away from the standard poetry collection.

Read More
Review: The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt Rating 78%

Review: The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt

So rarely do we have the time to remove our thoughts from ourselves and society enough to read what is considered a children’s book. It doesn’t really conform with convention. However, deep into lockdown seems the ideal time, escape, adventure, fantasy and the notion of good overcoming all evil is precisely what is needed. And Tonke Dragt’s The Letter For The King incorporates all of that.

Read More
Review: The Island Child by Molly Aitken Rating 83%

Review: The Island Child by Molly Aitken

The Island Child is the debut novel of a new literary voice, Molly Aitken. Set on the island of Inis, an imagined island off the west coast of Ireland, The Island Child is a lyrical exploration of childhood, motherhood, and the role the past plays in our lives. Molly Aitken’s prose is beautiful and poignant, and it really brings to life the island, its inhabitants, and their lives.

Read More
Review: The Chimes by Anna Smaill Rating 74%

Review: The Chimes by Anna Smaill

The Chimes’ main protagonist above everyone else is London itself. Albeit reimagined, there is a resiliently strong presence of place in this novel, which is where people cannot form new memories, and the written word has been forbidden and destroyed, and the world is considered in musical terms.

Read More
Review: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo Rating 97%

Review: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Winner of The Booker Prize for 2019, shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction Bernardine Evaristo has taken the literary world by storm with her novel Girl, Woman, Other. I am always a bit wary of such literary sensations that are constantly in your face. I always wonder if a book is popular because it is simply a brilliant novel worth your time and money or whether it is popular because of a great marketing campaign. However, with the case of Bernardine Evaristo it is the former. The hype surrounding Girl, Woman, Other is completely justified.

Read More
Review: Grow – Secrets of Our DNA by Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton Rating 68%

Review: Grow – Secrets of Our DNA by Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton

From the award-winning team behind Tiny and Lots comes a new book exploring another fascinating area of biology: growth. Nicola Davies is a zoologist and I think that is more than apparent with most of her books. Grow: Secrets of our DNA is less of an animal title and more about us collectively. A picture book for those starting school, Grow is an interesting title for many considering how we indeed grow and form.

Read More
Review: Follow Me, Flo! by Jarvis Rating 71%

Review: Follow Me, Flo! by Jarvis

Flo is a duck that is easily distracted, and often likes to do the opposite of what Daddy Duck asks. We can all relate to that, as children, right? This read-aloud Springtime delight from author-illustrator Jarvis is a vibrant book for the toddlers, as they realise that often following the parent’s advice is for their own good.

Read More
Review: What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book Rating 68%

Review: What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book

From the editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls comes an fan-fuelled musical exploration of one of the most enigmatic pop groups of the 20th century. In this 228-page book, fans of XTC and respected musicians come together within this title to discuss what makes XTC so very special, and why so many musicians want to perform their music.

Read More
Review: Blessed Assurance by Stewart Ennis Rating 69%

Review: Blessed Assurance by Stewart Ennis

Blessed Assurance is the debut novel from writer and journalist, Stewart Ennis. A coming of age novel set against the backdrop of a small close-knit evangelical community in the fictional Scottish village of Kilhaugh in the last 1960s, Ennis explores character and community with this tale.

Read More
Loading

Donate

If you value our reviews, interviews and content, please consider supporting the site with a donation of your choosing.