The Children of Jocasta | Natalie Haynes | a review

The Children of Jocasta by Natalie HaynesIn The Children of Jocasta, Natalie Haynes expertly brings to life the overlooked females in two well known Ancient Greek tragedies: Oedipus and Antigone.

We follow Jocasta (Oedipus) and Ismene (Antigone) in alternating chapters as  Haynes weaves a wonderfully immersive and emotive story stripped of magic and focusses on Continue reading “The Children of Jocasta | Natalie Haynes | a review”

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Bookends | 13.04.18

Omens by Kelley Armstrong

Hello! Welcome to another of my weekly reading wrap ups. I’m having a really great reading week so far. Work has been mega hectic to I’ve really enjoyed taking time for myself and getting lost in fantastical worlds. Although, I have become a *little* addicted to one series in particular and it’s become rather all-consuming…. Continue reading “Bookends | 13.04.18”

Bookends | 06.04.18

Veil of Spear by Bradley Beaulieu

Hello, hello, hello 🙂 hope this week’s been good to you and if you’ve enjoyed a lovely four day weekend followed by a four day working week comme moi, I hope it’s been wonderful. If you’ve had to work as normal/more than normal, you are a hero.

My reading week has been a mixed bag, I’ve had two fantastic reads and two very disappointing reads – but the fantastic included my first five star read of the year so you know, without further ado… Continue reading “Bookends | 06.04.18”

Bookends | 30.03.18

Oh hello four day weekend, you have good timing! I have finally shaken the lurgy that took me down for two weeks – I feel terrible that I didn’t post a Bookends last week, the only one I’ve missed! But even if I had been able to sit  and concentrate for long enough, I wouldn’t have had much to chat about. Turns out I struggle to read when poorly – being sick is actually very boring.

Anyway, I am all better now and I’ve got some great books to discuss from the past fortnight.

I’d seen a lot of hype over Continue reading “Bookends | 30.03.18”

March Favourites

London Charing Cross

Woah, it’s the last week of March. Already! I know I say this every month, but this year is flying by. I struggled a little coming up with some favourites this month. I’ve done some fun stuff and some practical stuff but nothing really stands out too strongly. Anyway, here a few things that did make smile… Continue reading “March Favourites”

Children of Earth and Sky | Guy Gavriel Kay | a review

‘Villages or farms on a violent border divided by faith didn’t become peaceful because of pen strokes in courts far away.’

Children of Earth and Sky is inspired by Renaissance Europe and follows a range of characters: an angry woman pretending to be someone she’s not, an artist travelling to a dangerous city, a boy training to be a soldier, an apathetic merchants son  and a young woman who is out to avenge her family. These characters come together and apart to weave a wonderful tale of loss, war, love and loyalty. Kay does not disappoint.

I really took my time with this one, time to savour Guy Gavriel Kay’s sumptuous prose. Let’s not beat around the bush, Continue reading “Children of Earth and Sky | Guy Gavriel Kay | a review”

Bookends | 16.03.18

Here we are, another week another Friday. Time is flying, right? Despite a roaring cold my reading picked up after last week’s slower efforts.

So first up I devoured Continue reading “Bookends | 16.03.18”