You need to read ‘You Need to Know’

Christmas Eve. A car pile-up. Who will survive? And who caused the crash? Nicola Moriarty’s You Need to Know is a complex family drama, where everyone has a secret. This multi-view story follows three author brothers, their partners, and their mother, as they navigate grief, family tension, and both everyday and extraordinary dramas. Topics includeContinue reading “You need to read ‘You Need to Know’”

Interview: Miranda Luby on Sadie Starr’s Guide to Starting Over

In this special podcast episode, we chat to the author of Sadie Starr’s Guide to Starting Over: Miranda Luby, award-winning author, freelance journalist, copywriter and communications professional. Sadie Starr is her debut novel. We chat about perfectionism, disordered eating, and performative social activism. Miranda shares insights into her inspiration, writing, and thoughts around how weContinue reading “Interview: Miranda Luby on Sadie Starr’s Guide to Starting Over”

Interview: Graeme Simsion on the legacy of The Rosie Project

In this special podcast interview, we chat to Graeme Simsion, the internationally bestselling author of The Rosie Project trilogy, The Best of Adam Sharp, The Novel Project, and more. We chat about the impact of The Rosie Project, and representation of autism across the series. Graeme shares insights into his writing process, his upcoming projects,Continue reading “Interview: Graeme Simsion on the legacy of The Rosie Project”

Why I Have Mixed Feelings About The Good Sister

Fern Castle works in her local library. She has dinner with her twin sister Rose three nights a week. And she avoids crowds, bright lights and loud noises as much as possible. Fern has a carefully structured life and disrupting her routine can be . . . dangerous. When Rose discovers that she cannot fallContinue reading “Why I Have Mixed Feelings About The Good Sister”

What The Course of Love teaches us about long-term romance

Boy meets girl, they fall in love… and then what? Alain de Botton’s The Course of Love is billed as an ‘unparalleled meditation on modern relationships’. Half philosophy and half fiction, it follows the lives of a couple, Rabih and Kristen, as they fall in love, navigate marriage and children, and the perils of maintainingContinue reading “What The Course of Love teaches us about long-term romance”

Grief, Trauma, and Patriarchy: the True Banes of Anthony Bridgerton’s Existence

Dear Readers, I have a confession. When I read The Viscount Who Loved Me, I didn’t care much for Anthony Bridgerton. He was… fine? *insert shrugging emoji here* Now Anthony’s story has come to Netflix in Season 2 of Bridgerton, Jonathan Bailey’s acting has me re-evaluating my feelings about Anthony (and in my opinion, theContinue reading “Grief, Trauma, and Patriarchy: the True Banes of Anthony Bridgerton’s Existence”

Why ‘One of Us is Lying’ makes me uncomfortable

It’s hard to miss Karen McManus’ books in the YA section of your local bookshop. With their distinctive minimalist covers, they stand out. McManus has now written five books, including One of Us is Lying – her 2017 release and most popular book so far, with over 450,000 ratings on Goodreads. Its sequel, One ofContinue reading “Why ‘One of Us is Lying’ makes me uncomfortable”

The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill

The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill is a reimagining of The Little Mermaid. Branded as a story told through ‘a searing feminist lens… a book with the darkest of undercurrents’, it follows Gaia, the youngest daughter of The Sea King. She falls in love with a human boy and longs to find out what happenedContinue reading “The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill”

Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal

What is it like to navigate a world that isn’t designed for how your brain works? Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal looks at the impact of trying to be ‘normal’ for a neurodiverse teenage girl. As always, please note that this post contains spoilers! Topics covered:  Autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, sexual harassment, domesticContinue reading “Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal”

Nine Perfect Strangers

In this blog-exclusive review, we talk about the psychology behind Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers. Now a major TV series! Please note that this blog post contains spoilers! Mental health issues covered:  grief after a family member’s suicide, body image and disordered eating, drug use/psychedelics Additional content warnings for the book itself: diet talk andContinue reading “Nine Perfect Strangers”