Review: Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

Wouldn’t life be easy if you had a step by step guide on how to get through it? While Maya Van Wagenen doesn’t have a guide to life, she does have a guide to being popular, and for a teenager that’s the same thing. Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek is Van Wagenen’s real…

Review: The Arab Uprisings by Jeremy Bowen

During 2011 it was difficult to switch on the news without seeing an item about protests and demonstrations against a leader in Africa or the Arabic world. Even now, unrest in Syria, where a civil war is under way, still hits the headlines regularly. Reporting on the Arab uprisings, as they were called, was the…

Reading challenge 2013 – the results

Success! After failing the challenge I set myself in 2012, this year turned out much better. Wanting to up the number of non-fiction books I read, I set out to read one every month. Although it didn’t quite work like that, I did manage 12 non-fiction tomes, covering everything from politics to business to the…

Book review: Dedicated to… compiled by W B Gooderham

I love secondhand books, and one of the reasons I love them is for the dedications you sometimes find inside. Who gifted the book? Who received it? Why has it now found its way into the hands of another owner? W B Gooderham is also a fan of secondhand books, and in Dedicated to… has…

Book review: Very British Problems by Rob Temple

You know how it is, you’re in a queue, and someone stands next to you, instead of behind you. Are they queuing or just loitering? Are they going to push in front? Are they just unaware of how queues work? This, my friend, is a very British problem. Rob Temple’s book Very British Problems came…

Book review: How To Be A Heroine by Samantha Ellis

From princesses to witches to Bridget Jones, the fictional women in our lives are numerous and different, and it’s impossible not to take something from our readings of them.The lessons we learnt from the literary heroines that have littered our lives are what Samantha Ellis examines in her brilliant book How To Be A Heroine:…