1 Minute Reviews · Essay Collections · Non Fiction

Do What You Want edited by Ruby Tandoh & Leah Pritchard | 1 Minute Reviews

I’m absolutely in love with the array of essay books that are being released now; The Good Immigrant, Nasty Women, and Know Your Place, which is still being crowdfunded, are three that spring to mind. What started out as a project to raise some money for charities such as Mind and Beat has become a… Continue reading Do What You Want edited by Ruby Tandoh & Leah Pritchard | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · books · Fiction · Thrillers

Defender by G. X. Todd | 1 Minute Reviews

I know life is quite depressing and en route to dystopia as it is, but sit down a second. I need to talk to you about a really great book. Defender, the first of a new series of novels by debut writer G. X. Todd, takes a spin on apocalypse genre by changing up pandemic… Continue reading Defender by G. X. Todd | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · YA

Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman | 1 Minute Reviews

Dante’s life is all lined up. His A Level results are about to arrive in the post any moment and then he’ll be off to university. Except, when he opens the door it’s not the postman. It’s his ex girlfriend Melanie with a baby. His baby. When Melanie disappears leaving Dante with the baby, he… Continue reading Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · YA

Girl Mans Up by M. E. Girard | 1 Minute Reviews

When I heard about Girl Mans Up, I immediately asked the team at Harper Collins to send me a copy and I was not disappointed. Girl Mans Up follows Pen as she grapples her sexuality, her family, falling in love and the toxic masculinity that pervades her friendship group. Pen’s strict Portuguese parents just wish… Continue reading Girl Mans Up by M. E. Girard | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · YA

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy | 1 Minute Reviews

When I heard whispers of a new YA Novel about an amazing, unapologetic fat babe, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. I stayed up way past midnight to finish this book. It is fantastic. Willowdean is a witty lovable teen living in Texas with her Beauty Pageant ambassador mother. Grappling… Continue reading Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · YA

The Upside of Unrequited by Becki Albertalli; or How the Right Book Keeps You Safe

Anyone who has ever spoken to me about Queer YA has probably heard me sing the praises of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, the first novel by Becki Albertalli. Simon is a light hearted romance about a boy who falls in love with the mysterious Blue online, and over the course of the novel… Continue reading The Upside of Unrequited by Becki Albertalli; or How the Right Book Keeps You Safe

Picture Books

The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat by Coral Rumble and Charlotte Cooke | Picture Book Corner

Welcome to the first edition of my new review series Picture Book Corner! As a former bookseller and aunt to (very almost) four niblings under five years old, I’ve read a lot of picture books. These two experiences have taught me what works in the world of picture books – not just what I like, but… Continue reading The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat by Coral Rumble and Charlotte Cooke | Picture Book Corner