The Binding is a novel which immediately seduces. Like the hardback books of the nineteenth century, it has deckle edging, thick-cut paper and an embossed spine – its bronze, navy blue and glossy gold cover will entice you with its strikingly classic yet magical design. The first adult novel from acclaimed London-based writer and playwright Bridget… Continue reading The Binding – Book Review
It has been a few months since I last wrote a blog post – I have been learning how to navigate life with a full-time job – but in that time I've tried new craft projects, rediscovered my love of research, and have, of late, been entirely obsessed with Katherine Mansfield.
On the bus home, the bright red emergency lever at the top of the back door stands out: FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY. And there she is, eleven-year-old Nicola Marlow in Autumn Term, on the train for the first time to attend Kingscote School, pulling that same emergency lever simply because she lost her swiss-army knife out… Continue reading The Marlows and the Forgotten Series
Ever since her debut novel Solitaire in 2014, I have followed Alice Oseman's writing and artistic journey. Not only a novelist but also a talented comic artist and YouTuber, Oseman has obtained a level of creative success at 23 that is rather hard to comprehend. I Was Born for This is Oseman's third novel. A review.
In 1911, Katherine Mansfield was 23 years old. I have loved her writing ever since I first studied her short stories at the precarious age of seventeen. My English teacher offered us a bite-sized selection to read – Her First Ball, Miss Brill and The Woman at the Store – and enquired afterwards, ‘what do the stories make you feel?’.