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

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

Bailey's Prize Longlist 2017 · books · Fiction

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry | Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017

On the morning that Brexit was officially announced, I was furiously reading the news. I was so focussed on being furious that when I got up to change trains at Rayners Lane, I left my copy of The Essex Serpent behind on the seat and wailed as it slowly drove away. //giphy.com/embed/MBz2IwLB4fmnK?html5=true Why was I… Continue reading The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry | Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017

Autism · books · YA

Win a proof of The State Of Grace by Rachael Lucas!!

Hello little beans! This is a book I’ve been crowing about for months on Twitter, and there’s a 1 minute review up already on here. And guess what? NOW YOU CAN WIN ONE. That’s right, you can win a proof copy that will arrive on your door before Grace is unleashed to the wider world. Deadline… Continue reading Win a proof of The State Of Grace by Rachael Lucas!!