Book Reviews

Our volunteers and staff recommend…

Our most recent Book Picnic took place on Friday 20th and as usual was filled with exciting new recommendations.

Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince is the much-anticipated maiden novel of acclaimed American young adult author Holly Black’s latest fantasy trilogy. Having read and very much enjoyed the magic and musings on morality present in Black’s previous YA works, The Cruel Prince was high on my must reads of 2018. Set in the cruel, deceptive and xenophobic […]

Our volunteers and staff recommend…

We had another session of our Book Picnic with Rosie, Gaby, Wendy and Pauline. And as usual wonderful book recommendations were shared: Small White Monkeys by Sophie Collins This wonderful publication is about shame, self-expression and self-help. The image of the small white monkeys is taken from one of Sophie Collins’ poems called ‘The Engine’ […]

Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire: A Question of Family, Love and Morality

Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire was long-listed for last year’s prestigious Man Booker Prize. It’s an elegant, thought provoking and socially relevant tale of clashing cultures, family loss, grief and a young woman of Islam’s place in the modern world; torn between a service to family and faith and her own sense of individuality and morality. […]

Star by star by Sheena Wilkinson

I really enjoyed this book. Stella is a hugely engaging character, even though her conviction that she knows what is best for everyone leads her into some terrible scrapes and embarrassing situations.

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman

What a read! It’s funny and sad at the same time. Definitely recommend this book and look forward to more Gail Honeyman books.

Our volunteers and staff recommend…

Last Tuesday we had our second session of the Book Picnic! So exciting! And again it was filled with amazing new recommendations that we want to share with you. Daring to Drive – Manal al-Sharif A very inspiring memoir, written by a Saudi-Arabian woman who dared to drive. She challenges rules and breaks the taboo that […]

Review of Lesley Nneka Arimah’s What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky

“When Enebeli Okwara sent his girl out in the world, he did not know what the world did to daughters. He did not know how quickly it would wick the dew off her, how she would be returned to him hollowed out, relieved of her better parts.” Of all the books on my eagerly anticipated […]

Coming Soon: Rupi Kaur’s milk and honey and the sun and her flowers

Rupi Kaur’s poetry collections combine simple prose with a powerful message, gaining popularity on social media for her illustrations as well as her writing. Her debut collection, milk and honey initially began as a series on Instagram, divided into four sections. Each deals with a different aspect of life, healing heartbreak and finding something good […]

Our volunteers and staff recommend…

Two weeks ago Paulina and Anna, two of our much cherished volunteers and me, Pauline, the intern, supported by our Volunteer Co-ordinator Gabrielle, decided to set up a new group: the Book Picnic. Once a month at lunchtime this book picnic is a chance for volunteers and staff to share their newest discoveries so that […]