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Americanah

I actually read this novel earlier this summer and admittedly I am very late the review but it such was a long awaited read that it would be a bit of a disservice not to review it especially as it was for me one of several reading highlights of 2014. Readers expecting another multi-layered epic novel like Half of … Continue reading

Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now, As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It and Long for It

Goodness, just typing out the title for this book reminds me of what an exhaustive but thoroughly absorbing read this was for me over the summer. Craig Taylor’s collection of interviews with people from all walks of life is fascinating an intriguing as you are given an insight to London and ‘London folk’ through the … Continue reading

The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language

Ever wonder about the origin of words and phrases? No? Well perhaps you should, because delving into the origins of things we commonly say without thinking about it is actually very interesting. At least it is when you read The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth, a book based on his blog The Inky Fool. I first … Continue reading

Cloth Girl

I don’t know about you but I always look out for novels set in the country of my parents’ birth, Ghana or written by Ghananian authors. So it was a joy to discover Marilyn Heward-Mills’ debut novel Cloth Girl, which is set in the 1940s, when Ghana was known as the Gold Coast. Matilda Quartey … Continue reading

Brixton Rock

In keeping with the Brixton vibe, I’ve just read Brixton Rock by Alex Wheatle. Set in the late seventies to early eighties, Wheatle’s debut novel tells the story of Brenton Brown, a sixteen year-old mixed race teenager, living in a hostel for young people recently released from the care system. Angry at the fact that … Continue reading

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