Bloke’s Progress by Kevin Jackson ★★★★

Bloke's Progress is a graphic novel that follows protagonist Darren Bloke through various chapters in his life, as he undergoes adventures with - and learns life lessons from - the spirit of the famous thinker John Ruskin. Being one of the greatest inspirations for the formation of the Labour party in the early 1900s, Ruskin was a … Continue reading Bloke’s Progress by Kevin Jackson ★★★★

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A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride ★★★★½

A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing is a literary fiction novel, following a young teenage protagonist who is born in the 1980s and is brought up alongside her brother who was born with a brain tumour. This novel follows the childhood and adolescence of our protagonist as she faces many difficulties throughout her life, and ultimately … Continue reading A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride ★★★★½

Stranger, Baby by Emily Berry ★★★★

Stranger, Baby is a contemporary poetry collection that most prominently explores themes of childhood loss, grief and longing. This collection has a strong, cohesive feel to the collection as a whole with individual poems emitting brilliance. If you are wanting a poetry collection that is raw and emotionally charged, and includes moments of stunning wordplay and … Continue reading Stranger, Baby by Emily Berry ★★★★

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls ★★★★½

The Glass Castle is Jeanette Walls' remarkable memoir telling the story of her childhood being brought up in an extremely impoverished family in southern America, in the 1960s. Jeanette Walls is now an incredibly successful writer who is living a great life that she has made entirely for herself, and so learning about the difficulties she … Continue reading The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls ★★★★½

Wild Embers by Nikita Gill ★★

Wild Embers is a contemporary feminist poetry collection that explores themes of femininity, female empowerment and personal growth. The collection is comprised of short, simple and incredibly accessible poems, with clear messages that are certainly important and worthwhile. That being said, I found this collection to ultimately be incredibly weak; the writing is dull, the imagery … Continue reading Wild Embers by Nikita Gill ★★