Thanks to Penguin Press UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
Hmmm…how does one summarise a book such as this? I guess by saying it is VERY Italian. The book is an autobiographical account of the life of the Italian writer Sibilla Aleramo and follows the early part of her life and career at the beginning of the 20th century. Continue reading ““A Woman” by Sibilla Aleramo”
Thanks to Random House UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
Anyone who reads and researches a lot about Japan knows that there isn’t much tangible social history about those outwith the nobility. This book seeks to shine some light onto a life of an “ordinary” Japanese woman coming of age in the early 19th century. This was a time of huge political and social change in Japan and it was still largely closed off from the wider world and the social and cultural influences of the time. I say “ordinary” because Tsuneno was still rather privileged by the standards of the time, at the beginning of her life at least.
Continue reading ““Stranger in the Shogun’s City” by Amy Stanley”
Thanks to Yale University Press and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
I was so excited to read this but having just finished it, I’m left with a sense of extreme disappointment.
Continue reading ““A Little History of Poetry” by John Carey”
Thanks to W.W. Norton & Company and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
I do love a lost city…although as Newitz is quick to highlight, some of these cities are far from lost.
Continue reading ““Four Lost Cities” by Annalee Newitz”
Thanks to Little Brown Book Group UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
Unless you’ve had your head in the sand the past few years, you’ve probably heard about the rampant abuse and murder of indigenous Canadian women and girls, if you’re interested in true crime at least. Despite the media focus, it is clear that the violence persists, and this book focuses particularly on the death of one young girl, Tina Fontaine.
Continue reading ““Red River Girl” by Joanna Jolly”
Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
So as anyone can see I’m completely behind with my blogging. There are various reasons for it that I won’t bore you with but suffice to say, I would have much preferred to be reading than doing the other things I was doing.
The situation isn’t likely to change anytime soon so I think I will have to become a little more selective in what I request. But on to the book…
Continue reading ““Mudlarking” by Lara Maiklem”
Thanks to Bloomsbury and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
So the media hype is most definitely real with this one. Quite simply, this is a book about the lives, loves and desires of three women. Maggie, a young woman who has become a local pariah, despite being a victim of a predatory teacher. Lina, a victim of abuse trapped in a loveless marriage, who still pines over a lost love, and Sloane, an enigmatic woman from a background of privilege who has a complicated relationship with her own needs and desires.
Continue reading ““Three Women” by Lisa Taddeo”
Thanks to HarperCollins UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
Superior is an especially topical book considering the current political climate in the West. Through the election of Trump, the emergence of the alt-right, increasing nationalism and Brexit we are seeing a resurgence in discourse around race science. In this book Saini explores the past and current context of race science and dismantles some of the myths and assumptions that surround the issue of biological race and the problem of setting the benchmark of measuring humanity against white westerners.
Continue reading ““Superior” by Angela Saini”
“Critical” by Dr Matt Morgan
Thanks to Simon and Schuster UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
This book is a fascinating insight into the daily life of an Intensive Care Doctor. The ups and downs, the hope and tragedy are all captured here.
Thanks to Seven Dials and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
Although I am not teaching the subject currently, I started my teaching career as a Modern Studies teacher. By far my favourite topic to teach was Crime and the Law and I always found that resources and information relating specifically to women’s incarceration were thin on the ground. If only I’d had this book available then. Stats are one thing, but real stories and perspectives are invaluable. I have moved on from Modern Studies teaching, but I’ll be sure to recommend this book to the Modern Studies teachers in my school.
Continue reading ““Jailbirds” by Mim Skinner”