The Salt Path – Raynor Winn

It's no accident that I picked up The Salt Path up now. If I can't get to Cornwall myself, I'll read about someone else walking the South West Coast Path instead. Admittedly, it's hard to feel envious of Raynor Winn for much of this book. Thin sleeping bags which are chosen for weight rather than … Continue reading The Salt Path – Raynor Winn

70 Reviews: 8. Nothing Bad Ever Happens in Tiffany’s – Marian Keyes (Pocket Penguins)

I'm a firm believer in every book having its day. I'd started this series of reviews back in June 2018, keen to work my way through Penguin's boxed 70th Birthday collection that doubles up as a doorstop. It's a brilliant set of reads, usually from longer books, that draws upon Penguin's long and varied history … Continue reading 70 Reviews: 8. Nothing Bad Ever Happens in Tiffany’s – Marian Keyes (Pocket Penguins)

52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner – Mariëlle S. Smith #review #giveaway

I've had a brilliant idea for a novel. I'm not telling you what it is in case you steal my idea and end up winning the Booker. I haven't written it yet because, well … because. Because although I come up with nuanced, clever sentences in my head, the words become wooden and lumpy as … Continue reading 52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner – Mariëlle S. Smith #review #giveaway

Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere – Jeanette Winterson

This is a proper gem of a book. Taking its title from Millicent Fawcett’s words following the death of Emily Wilding Davison, Winterson adds her Twenty-First Century voice to the calls from the Suffragettes and Suffragists for true equality for women. Winterson starts by acknowledging how far we’ve come, pointing out that in 1908, whilst … Continue reading Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere – Jeanette Winterson

Not Welsh Enough – reading Iain Sinclair’s Black Apples of Gower

My relationship with my home country is complicated, and it always has been. Growing up in the Swansea Valley, I was always aware that I wasn’t entirely Welsh, not in the way my school friends were anyway. Mum came from Lancashire and I’ve written elsewhere on this blog about how I romanticised our holidays to … Continue reading Not Welsh Enough – reading Iain Sinclair’s Black Apples of Gower

70 Reviews: 7. On Shopping by India Knight (Pocket Penguins) #review

I’m thoroughly enjoying my trawl through my Penguin boxset, and no. 7 is such a joy to read. I’ve been under canvas for much of the summer, relying on shower blocks to maintain a slim sense of personal hygiene and wearing eight items of clothing on rotation, so this was the perfect book to bring … Continue reading 70 Reviews: 7. On Shopping by India Knight (Pocket Penguins) #review

70 Reviews: 6. The View From Mount Improbable by Richard Dawkins (Pocket Penguins) #review

I’m so far out of my comfort zone with this one that the edge of the comfort zone is a dim hazy blur on the horizon. This, together with the fact that I suspect I have the ‘certain kind of literary mind’ that Dawkins takes a shot at in his second paragraph, means that I … Continue reading 70 Reviews: 6. The View From Mount Improbable by Richard Dawkins (Pocket Penguins) #review

70 Reviews: 4. Summer in Algiers by Albert Camus (Pocket Penguins) #review

I had read some of Camus’ novels (in translation – my GCSE French textbook, the marvellous Tricolor, didn’t cover existential thought) and loved them. I had not, however, spent much time with his essays. This is another brilliant thing about this Penguin boxset challenge – I’m reading things I might otherwise have passed over because … Continue reading 70 Reviews: 4. Summer in Algiers by Albert Camus (Pocket Penguins) #review