1 Minute Reviews · books · Memoir · Non Fiction

Trans by Juliet Jacques | 1 Minute Reviews

If you’re looking for a great primer on what life is like as a trans woman, you can’t do wrong by choosing Trans by Juliet Jacques. However, as you’ll see, the book is more than its title’s subject matter. Trans is the culmination of Jacques’ series written for the Guardian, about her transition from living… Continue reading Trans by Juliet Jacques | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · books · Crime · Fiction · Thrillers

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell | 1 Minute Reviews

Help, I’ve still not recovered from reading this dark little book. Ellie Mack disappears one day after going to the library, never to be found. Ten years later, her mother Laurel is struggling to find closure on Ellie’s disappearance, even though the police chalk it up to her being a runaway. A chance meeting with… Continue reading Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · books · YA

Girl Out of Water by Nat Luurtsema | 1 Minute Reviews

I have this idea that certain books demand to be read in particular places, seasons, towns. I had this notion that I’d be able to read Girl Out of Water at the side of the pool somewhere. Instead I had to settle for the bath. Girl Out of Water is Nat Luurtsema’s debut YA novel,… Continue reading Girl Out of Water by Nat Luurtsema | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · books · Fiction

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers | 1 Minute Reviews

[Note: The review and blurb for this book does somewhat spoil the original, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, which you should go read first! Go on go! If you’ve already read it, you can stay here]. Becky Chambers is back!! Hurrah! When this copy arrived on my doorstep, I was so happy… Continue reading A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · books · YA

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray | 1 Minute Reviews

Defy the Stars grabbed me from the first moment. In three weeks, Noemi Vidal will die – here, in this very place. Today is just practice. I’ve been meaning to read more sci-fi YA as its an area I seem to unintentionally neglect, despite being raised on a diet of Star Trek. I love a… Continue reading Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · Autism · books · Memoir · Non Fiction

Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham | 1 Minute Reviews

I wrote the bones of this review back in 2016 when I was sent a pre-publication copy by the lovely people at Ebury Press. This was, importantly, also before I received my diagnosis of autism. Chris Packham’s memoir Fingers in the Sparkle Jar is a brutal, beautiful book that subverts the memoir genre through inclusion… Continue reading Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · books · Fiction

Paulina & Fran by Rachel B Glaser | 1 Minute Reviews

I need to call Rachel B. Glaser right now and ask her so many things about this joyous book. Paulina is flighty, brilliant, cruel; Fran is lovely, curled, gentle. When Paulina decides to befriend Fran on a trip to Norway with their art school, so begins a friendship fill with honesty, romantic love and brutality.… Continue reading Paulina & Fran by Rachel B Glaser | 1 Minute Reviews