The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Review

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Book Review “Perhaps there is some secret sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” I first discovered this story through the wonderful film adaptation released last year, (after hearing there was a scene in which the protagonist praised Anne Brontë and... Continue Reading →

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Jamaica Inn Review

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier Review “The air was cold and strangely still, and the moor itself lay placid and silver in the moonlight. The dark tors held their sleeping faces to the sky, the granite features softened and smoothed by the light that bathed them. Theirs was a peaceful mood, and the old... Continue Reading →

Spring in Winchester II

Spring in Winchester II ‘There is no time like Spring, When life's alive in everything’ - Christina Rossetti ‘Spring’ It’s strange sometimes, looking back and reading posts I wrote only a few months ago, when things seemed so stressful and difficult. Yet as spring has arrived, things feel lighter. That’s not to say my stress... Continue Reading →

Mary Shelley Film Review

Mary Shelley Film Review: 2 Stars  Usually with an adaptation, as I wrote in my review for Mary Queen of Scots, if an adaptation of someone’s life helps to get an audience interested in the history behind the film, then that’s great, and usually worth some historical inaccuracies. Though with this film, I don’t know whether... Continue Reading →

The Romantics: Percy Bysshe Shelley

The Romantics: Percy Bysshe Shelley People either seem to love or hate Percy Bysshe Shelley. For some, he’s the great poet who fuelled his rage at injustice into his writing, to others, he’s the terrible husband to Mary Shelley. Either way, Shelley is far from a boring poet to discuss. He led an incredibly interesting... Continue Reading →

Still Alice Review

Still Alice by Lisa Genova Review Reading this book has made me grateful yet again for studying my degree. I say that, because I know if I had not been assigned to read this, I never would have picked up Still Alice by Lisa Genova. It can be very hit and miss with what I... Continue Reading →

Winter in Winchester II

Winter in Winchester II O Wind, If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind? - Percy Bysshe Shelley 'Ode to the West Wind' My main takeaway from this season is that I’m looking forward to it being over. I realise how bleak that seems to start with, but right now it feels true. That’s not... Continue Reading →

The Sense of An Ending Review

The Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes Review   “It strikes me that this may be one of the differences between youth and age: when we are young, we invent different futures for ourselves; when we are old, we invent different pasts for others.”  For such a short book, Julian Barnes’s novel sure makes... Continue Reading →

Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Review

Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Film Review 3.5 Stars 'Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary Stuart defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. However, Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her sister... Continue Reading →

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