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The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey: Alluring Magical Realism

Rating: 4 stars

Genre: Literary fiction, magical realism

Summary: When David sets out in his fishing boat from the island of Black Conch, on a morning that seems the same as any other, the last thing he expects is to come face-to-face with a mermaid. He always thought such creatures existed only in rumour and legend, but here one stares at his boat in the vulnerable reality of flesh and blood, and he must step in to protect her when American tourists arrive for a hunting trip like no other.

David nurtures trust and then love between himself and the mermaid, desperate to carve out a life for them among the richness and darkness of his island home. Yet it remains to be seen whether this fusion of woman and myth can ever be his to hold onto. Continue reading The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey: Alluring Magical Realism

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Book Review: Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead (Magazine Article)

Are you looking for your next indigiqueer read? I’ve written a book review of Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead – an intimate and vulnerable novel that became a Lambda award winner in 2019. Continue reading Book Review: Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead (Magazine Article)

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What The Confession by Jessie Burton Taught Me About Women’s Emotional Labour

In 1980, Elise follows her lover Connie from London to LA, where Connie‚Äôs novel is being adapted into a major film. Their stormy love affair will leave its mark on the city. Three decades later, Rose is on the trail of the mother who left when she was a baby. The only clue she has is a book by elusive novelist Constance Holden, who may hold the key to why her mother left everything behind. Continue reading What The Confession by Jessie Burton Taught Me About Women’s Emotional Labour

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Books Recommended by Black Feminists (Magazine Article)

Black History Month may be over, but the process of decolonising our bookshelves shouldn’t be. It all starts with where we get our book recommendations! With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of reading recs from black feminists including Roxane Gay, Candice Carty-Williams, Laverne Cox, Renni Eddo-Lodge, Bernardine Evaristo, and Janet Mock. Whether you’re into historical fiction or powerful memoirs, there’s something for everyone… Continue reading Books Recommended by Black Feminists (Magazine Article)

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Maurice by E.M. Forster: Should We Ever Overlook Misogyny?

Maurice Hall appears to be the prototype of the English gentleman – educated at a prestigious school, he will inevitably go on to study at Cambridge then take his place alongside London’s wealthy financiers. Yet when he falls in love with a fellow male student at Cambridge, Maurice feels the ground of convention pulled from beneath his feet. He is forced to make an agonising decision: betray his true self in exchange for a place in polite society, or risk turning his back on this safe and familiar world to live authentically. Continue reading Maurice by E.M. Forster: Should We Ever Overlook Misogyny?

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Subtly Creepy Books to Enjoy this Halloween!

Confession: I’m a massive wimp, and for me full-on horror films or books are an absolute no-no. When I was younger I was traumatised by E.T. the alien for weeks, and my Mum once had to walk me sobbing out of the cinema when I freaked out over Dobby in The Chamber of Secrets.

If you share my cowardly streak, you’ll love this list of books that sit safely outside of the horror genre, but still provide a creepy and unsettling vibe to get you in the mood for spooky season… Continue reading Subtly Creepy Books to Enjoy this Halloween!

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Belabored by Lyz Lenz: Sarcastic, Unapologetic Feminist Statement

Rating: 3.5 stars

Genre: Non-fiction

Summary: The USA is perceived as one of the most powerful countries in the world, yet it also has one of the highest maternal death rates. And those rates, already high, skyrocket if you happen to be a woman of colour, a gay or trans parent, or a working-class mother. In Belabored: A Vindication of the Rights of Pregnant Women, Lyz Lenz pulls apart these grim statistics to reveal just how harmful our cultural myths of motherhood have become.

From diminishing access to safe abortion, to the policing of pregnant bodies and the stigma of postnatal depression, the intimate and private act of creating a child has been dragged into the public arena for politicians to debate and everyone else to gossip over, or have an opinion about. Belabored is a furiously feminist manifesto that, finally, puts pregnant people, their bodies, and their choices at the centre. Continue reading Belabored by Lyz Lenz: Sarcastic, Unapologetic Feminist Statement

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The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak: Rich & Understated Literary Fiction

Rating: 4.5 stars

Genre: Literary fiction

Summary: Raised by her mother and three aunts in a bustling Istanbul home, Asya is tired of negotiating their multiplying expectations and dreams of fleeing to lead her own, unfettered life.

Across the continents, in America, Armanoush is also struggling to deal with the demands of her large and dissonant family. When the two young women cross paths, they will force their families towards a reckoning with the past that has been almost a century in waiting. Continue reading The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak: Rich & Understated Literary Fiction