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The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer: Achingly Poignant Mental Illness Portrayal

Rating: 4.5 stars

Category: Literary fiction

Synopsis: The Shock of the Fall begins with nine-year-old Matthew experiencing a tragedy which he cannot tell us about. It’s just too painful. For the rest of the story, we follow him through the years of childhood, adolescence and into his first grimy flat and minimum-wage job.

All the while, Matthew’s grasp of reality fragments as he struggles to come to terms with what happened that fateful night on the coast. Continue reading The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer: Achingly Poignant Mental Illness Portrayal

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Bristol Girl Book Group Reads: Me & White Supremacy (Magazine Article)

Racism isn’t just about overtly bigoted white nationalist groups – it’s everyone’s problem. I’ve written an article about my book group’s experience of reading Me & White Supremacy. This non-fiction book by Layla F. Saad acts as a¬†powerful call for white people to interrogate our relationship with racism and uncover the depths of our silent complicity. Continue reading Bristol Girl Book Group Reads: Me & White Supremacy (Magazine Article)

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Ultimate Guide to Book Clubs Part 3: Your Questions Answered

What actually happens at a book club meeting?
Do I need to like classic/scholarly literature to join a book club?
What if I can’t think of anything to say about the book?

In this final part of Ultimate Guide to Book Clubs, I will be answering some common FAQs about joining a book club… Continue reading Ultimate Guide to Book Clubs Part 3: Your Questions Answered

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Ultimate Guide to Book Clubs Part 2: Finding Your Perfect Book Club

Welcome to my new feature Ultimate Guide to Book Clubs, in which I will do my best to answer all of the questions you may have about joining a book club. Why take part? Where can you find one? What actually happens at a book club meeting? Do you have to be a scholar of high-brow literature to be welcome?

This week I will:

1. Suggest some ways to find book clubs in your area

2. Give you some things to consider when looking for a book club to suit you Continue reading Ultimate Guide to Book Clubs Part 2: Finding Your Perfect Book Club

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Ultimate Guide to Book Clubs Part 1: Reasons to Join a Book Club

Welcome to my new feature Ultimate Guide to Book Clubs, in which I will do my best to answer all of the questions you may have about joining a book club. Why take part? Where can you find one? What actually happens at a book club meeting? Do you have to be a scholar of high-brow literature to be welcome?

This week I will be sharing my top 7 reasons to join a book club… Continue reading Ultimate Guide to Book Clubs Part 1: Reasons to Join a Book Club