‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Where to start with this one? If I had to sum it up in one sentence, I would say that Uncle Tom’s Cabin is a novel entrenched in its 19th Century context and whilst I am sure it was progressive at the time, in the present it primarily serves as a reminder of just how problematic… Continue reading ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ by Harriet Beecher Stowe

‘The Princess Diarist’ by Carrie Fisher and ‘The Color of Water’ by James McBride

I appear to be reading a lot of memoirs at the moment. After reading the two that will be the subjects of this post, I promptly moved onto a third and am close to finishing that one. I figured it was high time I got my act together and wrote about The Princess Diarist and The Color of… Continue reading ‘The Princess Diarist’ by Carrie Fisher and ‘The Color of Water’ by James McBride

‘The Optician of Lampedusa’ by Emma Jane Kirby

Chances are you have seen this book before. For a month or so last year, dozens of copies adorned bookshop windows across the UK and you could not pass a Waterstones or Foyles without the distinctive blue cover staring out at you. Blue is supposedly the colour of serenity, so it is fitting that this… Continue reading ‘The Optician of Lampedusa’ by Emma Jane Kirby