The More She Wins The More She Loses.

A review of Rachel Edwards’ second novel, “Lucky”.

I really did feel lucky when I received a beautiful early edition of Rachel Edwards’ second novel to review.

Rachel’s first novel, “Darling”, was one of the first books I read during my year of reading solely Black authors. I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing her for a young persons’s book club since, and I’ve got to know an inspiring role model. As well as being a wonderful writer, Rachel is one of those women who really does empower women.

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Silence please, for The Girl With The Louding Voice

A review of Abi Dare’s The Girl With The Louding Voice

Lockdown number three, a wet and cold start to 2021……reading has been an essential luxury this Winter.

The Girl With The Louding Voice by Abi Dare was a Christmas present from my husband. I picked it up half way through January and struggled to put it down again until I finished it. Set in Nigeria (where part of my heritage originates), told from the point of view of a girl who will inspire you and break your heart in equal measure, it’s a great read and one that carries important messages.

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Another Mother of a Book

A Review of The Mothers, by Brit Bennett.

On the back cover of The Mothers, by Brit Bennett, Roxane Gay is quoted as saying “The Mothers has stayed with me since I first read it….”. It stayed with me too. It was one of those books I had to sit with for a moment after I turned the last page. For a novel set around a church community, if felt almost prayer-like when I finished it. I had to sit and reflect on it, in silence, with respect.

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Oh Bernadine! I’m so glad I found you!

A review of Girl, Woman, Other. By Bernadine Evaristo.

Loved, loved, loved this book. I honestly didn’t want to finish it. I wanted to meet more characters – more fascinating women, each with a different experience, a different point of view, a different past and different future waiting for them.  If it was a film, I’d be looking out for the sequel.

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Are You Read-Y for This?

My first book club meet, “Are You Read-y for This?” and why I loved it

A good friend of mine, someone I met through work, and who I’ve never met in person, but who I hugely admire and respect because of our shared passion for racial equality and self-education, attended a virtual book club to discuss Candice Carty-Williams’ Booker Prize Winner, Queenie. Follow this fantastic author here https://twitter.com/CandiceC_W.

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