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Podcast: Ayisha Malik talks about Sofia Khan and The Other Half of Happiness

This week, Kate chats to author Ayisha Malik, author of Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged and The Other Half of Happiness, about her novels, characters, inspirations, and what she’s writing next.
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Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Occasionally there are books that garner an extraordinary level of hype in the book community and then deliver on that hype, one hundred percent. The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas’ debut novel, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement in the US, is one of those rare cases. The book was published a little while ago in the US and has just hit the shelves of bookshops all over the UK. I was very lucky to be given an early proof copy and I gasped, laughed and cried through this brilliantly-written story of discrimination, family, determination and personal resilience. Continue reading “Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas”

The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury – blog tour!

Happy publication day to The Scarecrow Queen, the final installment in Melinda Salisbury’s fantastic trilogy which began with The Sin Eater’s Daughter. I loved – devoured? – that book and the follow-up, The Sleeping Prince, in a few days and I’ve been waiting to read The Scarecrow Queen ever since. It doesn’t disappoint; you’re in for as many twists, turns and moments of sorcery, and as much blood and lust as you could possibly wish for. As part of the blog tour, Mel and bloggers are creating vision boards illustrating various characters from the series, including their appearance, characteristics, personality and their important themes, and writing about the other’s presentation. I’m thrilled to present to you… Twylla. Continue reading “The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury – blog tour!”

When the real world is a dystopia, here’s what to read

A lot of people have been searching for a book to make sense of the world in the last week, and 1984 by George Orwell has soared up the charts. What people looking for tips may not realise is that things don’t work out so well for the main character, despite the fact that it’s one of the best-known dystopian novels of recent times. I wanted to recommend some alternative choices from women and writers of colour whose stories will strike a chord and who deserve to be read more widely. Continue reading “When the real world is a dystopia, here’s what to read”

Podcast: La La Land, Manchester By The Sea and bookpost

This week, Rob and Kate are reviewing – pretty much spoiler-free – the first two award-contender films they’ve seen, La La Land and Manchester By The Sea. They also chat through the book post they’ve been lucky enough to receive lately, which they’ll be sharing their thoughts on as they read it. Continue reading “Podcast: La La Land, Manchester By The Sea and bookpost”

Podcast: The Adventures With Words Christmas Special 2016, part 2

Kate and special guests Simon, Gav and Darran are still on their quest to conquer Action Castle, guided by Rob (pardon me, the C64), with some bookish recommendation and occasional silliness along the way, but will they succeed? Part 2!  Continue reading “Podcast: The Adventures With Words Christmas Special 2016, part 2”

Podcast: The Adventures With Words Christmas Special 2016, part 1

Rob and Kate are joined by special guests and occasional cohosts Simon, Gav and Darran for a Christmas Day adventure game, some slightly bawdy banter and, as always, some bookish chat and recommendations – part 1… Continue reading “Podcast: The Adventures With Words Christmas Special 2016, part 1”

Podcast: Fantastic Beasts and A Monster Calls

This week, we have some of your feedback on comfort reads, and Kate and Rob head to the cinema to see Fantastic Beasts and A Monster Calls.

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