It could be said that our generation is obsessed with being clean, pure and detoxed. We’re constantly consuming artificial food additives and inhaling pollution, so the desire for cleanliness is no surprise.
Normally, I know where I stand with a novel. I know how to feel, I know what to think. But, Eleanor Opliphant is Completely Fine threw me through a loop. This book is funny, sad, unnerving and heart-warming all at the same time. It’s the best of human kindness and the depths of personal suffering…in under 400 pages.
Just before the show began, I was in the bathroom (queuing...obviously) when I heard a mother say to her daughter, "are you excited"? The girl's gleeful face said everything about the magic of An American In Paris.
Blogging can feel weird after years of carefully crafting every word, hoping the reader will like what I've written. From school essays to scripted presentations , our writing is normally commented on and critiqued, graded and assessed. So, what happens when you take that all away and just flood words into the empty void, never… Continue reading Is anybody out there?
About 13 years late to the party, but here's why this year I'm in love with Strictly!
Slapstick doesn't normally get a big laugh from me. The whole mallet-on-the-head routine makes me cringe and don't even get me started on The Chuckle Brothers. So, when I found myself wiping away tears of laughter watching The Play That Goes Wrong, I was very happily surprised.
The word Commonwealth is charged. It can mean an independent state or community, or it can mean the common good. In Ann Patchett's latest novel, the term commonwealth has a wealth of meaning. Themes of fraternity, fate, and fatality converge in this spectacular novel, leaving readers to question what it means to be a family without common ground.
The Dust that Falls from Dreams, by Louis de Bernières, is set in Kent during the First World War. It follows the lives of the McGosh sisters, as they simultaneously enter war and adulthood. Under the roof of an excentric, entrepenurial father and pompous mother, the girls must come to terms with a changing world. The… Continue reading Review: The Dust that Falls from Dreams