Book review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

If you’re white, you’ve probably seen yourself in books your whole life. But as a British Pakistani Muslim, it’s rare for me to truly find a character I can point at and say: “That person, I share their experiences.”No more, because Sandhya Menon has written When Dimple Met Rishi, a – if we’re searching for…

Book review: Precocious by Joanna Barnard

We’re all vultures of a sort, and there are few things that demonstrate our need to know everything and tear everything apart and form an opinion than news stories about teenagers having relationships with their teachers, In Joanna Barnard’s Precocious we join the teenager in the affair as an adult. Thirty years old, Fiona Palmer…

Review: The May Bride by Suzannah Dunn

The reign and life of King Henry VIII always provides great fodder for books, television and film, and Suzannah Dunn taps into that fascination for her novel, The May Bride. Not that Henry VIII makes much of an appearance in The May Bride – this is firmly a book about Jane Seymour and her life…

Film review: Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike

Here’s a bold claim for you – Gone Girl is one of the two best film adaptations of a book I have ever seen. The other is The Godfather. That’s how good I think David Fincher’s film of Gillian Flynn’s hit novel is. Partially, that’s because Flynn herself wrote the screenplay, which remains as taut,…