5 Quick Quality Reads To Help Get You Out of A Reading Slump

We all have them. Even the most voracious reader will have those times where you just can't find anything you want to read. Or you just have a reading 'lag' where you can't get going with any of the sizable books on your TBR pile. If only there was a book that could kick-start you back into reading again. Here are 5 Quick … Continue reading 5 Quick Quality Reads To Help Get You Out of A Reading Slump

Short Story Pick: ‘A Study In Emerald’ by Neil Gaiman

A brutal murder has been committed, one that gains the attention of the upper echelons of Victorian society, so the consulting detective of Baker Street has been hired to solve the case. But this isn't the Victorian England of the history books... 'A Study In Emerald' is written by Neil Gaiman, prolific and superb British author of short fiction, novels, graphic … Continue reading Short Story Pick: ‘A Study In Emerald’ by Neil Gaiman

Under the Kim Regime: Top 4 Books About Life In North Korea

North Korea is constantly in the news. Talk of nuclear disarmament, the world-wide concern over the fragility of possible peace talks and lots of posturing has led to a heightened sense of apprehension as to what will happen next. But how did we get here? How did one country become split into two with one becoming almost completely cut … Continue reading Under the Kim Regime: Top 4 Books About Life In North Korea

Myths and Legends: Why it’s Time to see the Story of Robin Hood From Another Point of View

The latest Hollywood version of Robin Hood is due to hit the cinemas later this year. Directed by Otto Bathurst, written by Ben Chandler and David James Kelly, IMDB states 'a war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown in a thrilling action-adventure packed with gritty battlefield exploits, mind-blowing … Continue reading Myths and Legends: Why it’s Time to see the Story of Robin Hood From Another Point of View

Why I’m not watching ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ but I’m glad that the show exists – to a point

I've read 'The Handmaid's Tale' by Margaret Atwood many times. I even have two copies of her book; a paperback and a hardback edition. The first is a much tattered paperback rescued from my sibling who had to read it once for school and didn't want it anymore, the second a beautiful hardback edition from my partner. … Continue reading Why I’m not watching ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ but I’m glad that the show exists – to a point

The Endangered Flower and Willow World: Top 3 Books about Geisha

"Because they fall we love them - the cherry blossoms. In this floating world, does anything endure" - 'Tales of Ise' by Ariwara no Narihara (AD 823-880) Looking out of the window or walking around at this time of year always fills me with such a sense of hope and bittersweet melancholy; the cherry blossoms are … Continue reading The Endangered Flower and Willow World: Top 3 Books about Geisha