Burnt Shadows

This is a short review of a new favourite novel, Burnt Shadows, by Kamila Shamsie and it is beautifully written. The story travels from Japan to America, over several decades and historical moments, and holds the power to make you smile, cry, and marvel at life and love. Hiroko, the protagonist, is living in Nagasaki…

Magic of 3am

Three in the morning is a bizarre time. It is a time to be full of dreams with no one around to say otherwise, or a time to be paralysed by fears with no one around to comfort you. As F. Scott Fitzgerald writes: In a real dark night of the soul it is always…

Space and Light in Winterson’s ‘Sexing the Cherry’

Jeanette Winterson smudges the lines between reality and imagination in her novel, Sexing the Cherry. Based in seventeenth-century London, the story follows the lives of a large, feisty woman and her son. The woman, who has forgotten her own name, is known as the Dog-Woman due to the numerous dogs in her possession, and her…

Hoovers in Havana

Our Man in Havana is not a novel, but an entertainment. And the book’s author, Graham Greene, definitely entertains as he makes fun of the James Bond stereotype. Mr Wormold is the protagonist, who lives in Cuba with his daughter and unsuccessfully sells vacuum cleaners. One day, a man approaches Wormold in a bar and…

Holly Golightly: Shamelessly Herself

‘Dah-ling!’ she said, her red lips slowly spreading wide, rightly assuming that she was about to get her own way. Uttering this line with such brilliant flair on the West End stage, was Pixie Lott. We had managed to nab front row seats at a cheap price and saw the play in incredible detail. The…

Gentlemen Prefer Gentlemen

Anita Loos may not be a name you are familiar with, yet she penned the book that greatly epitomises the rip-roaring twenties and influenced a major Hollywood film. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is the diary of socialite Lorelei Lee, detailing her escapades through Europe as she amuses suitors and exercises social graces. At first glance, Lorelei…