What Being Black Is And What Being Black Isn’t

I went to the reading/signing for this book last week, as part of Islington's Black History month. I'll be honest and say I knew nothing about the book or its message for Black Britons. But with a title like that, I was curious, it could either be very good, insightful, inspiring and challenging or it … Continue reading What Being Black Is And What Being Black Isn’t

‘Not everyone’s opinion is worth the same’

Peter Stothard, one of the panel of judges for the Man Booker prize made this comment a few weeks ago, whilst lamenting the 'diminished critical standards of the literary blogosphere'. In an interview with The Independent, he said "There is a widespread sense in the UK, as well as America, that traditional, confident criticism, based on argument … Continue reading ‘Not everyone’s opinion is worth the same’

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 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

The Silent Twins

The Silent Twins is journalist Marjorie Wallace's moving and compulsive true story about identical twins June and Jennifer Gibbons . From a young age, the twins refused to speak to anyone, including their parents and siblings. The reasons for their shared silence is never fully understood. Though the sisters did have a slight speech impairment, … Continue reading The Silent Twins