Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race


Read 21/02/2018-28/02/2018

Rating: 5 stars

Wow, this book. I’d heard it was good. I didn’t expect it to be this good. Continue reading


Random Thoughts: new faces of fiction for 2018 in the Observer New Review

Image copied from the Observer website

I’m not supposed to be buying books again this year. I’ve already bought three. We’re not quite halfway through January. The bodings are heading in the wrong direction.

Today, the Observer newspaper has published its list of debut novelists to look out for. I’m excited by a few of them. Continue reading

My Name is Leon


Read 29/05/2017-31/05/2017

Rating: 4 stars

My Name is Leon is a wonderful, warm, funny, tense, sad and hopeful book. When it appeared on the voting list for the Reader’s Room March Madness Challenge, I read the blurb and didn’t feel anything much for it. The blurb made the book sound twee and patronising. Now that I’ve read it, I can appreciate how difficult it is to try to condense its essence to a paragraph. The book is anything but twee or patronising. Continue reading