Discussion | Should we be kinder to debut novels?

Discussion | Should we be kinder to debut novels?

I've read a few debut books this year so far and I started wondering about debut authors and how harshly we should be judging them. I read and reviewed Ignite the Stars this year and I didn't enjoy it very much. This is Maura Milan's debut novel and whilst it had all of the ideas for [...]

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Bridge Theatre

A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Bridge Theatre

A Midsummer Night's Dream | The Bridge Theatre ★★★★ If you are in London this summer, you have probably noticed that a lot of companies are doing A Midsummer Night's Dream. I saw the Bridge's version and I would definitely recommend it. This is a funny, magical and modern twist on the play. The Show [...]

June Wrap Up: Female-led fantasies, Good Omens and Aladdin

June Wrap Up: Female-led fantasies, Good Omens and Aladdin

It is July and I think it's finally summer in England, though there are news reports of hailstones falling in Mexico which is alarming. Global warming folks. It's been a busy month with both work and social commitments, hence the lack of blogging but I am brimming with ideas and discussion topics which I will [...]

The Power – simplistic gender flipping or a fantastical thought experiment?

The Power – simplistic gender flipping or a fantastical thought experiment?

The Power | Naomi Alderman  ★★★★ 'She cuppeth the lightning in her hand. She commandeth it to strike' There are lots of reviews that make this comparison, so let's get this out of the way: The Power in many ways reminded me of Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. It's similar in not only the framing device used to [...]