1 Minute Reviews · Fiction · Memoir

What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons | 1 Minute Reviews

When I started reading What We Lose, I thought it was a memoir. 50 pages in I happened to turn over the proof and noticed the words “a novel”, alongside realising that the author’s name was Zinzi, not Thandi. I had become so enraptured in the writing, I hadn’t for a second thought it wasn’t… Continue reading What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons | 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 · 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

Fiction · Middle Grade · YA

The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave & Memories of the Philippines

This last year has been a pretty wonderful one for writer Kiran Millwood Hargrave. Her first novel The Girl of Ink and Stars was published and instantly made a Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month, then shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize and took the trophy for Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year. I absolutely loved… Continue reading The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave & Memories of the Philippines

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 · Fiction

The Girls by Emma Cline | 1 Minute Reviews

This is the novel I had pegged for book of the summer last year, but now with its release in paperback and position as Waterstones’ Fiction Book of the Month for May, I think its place may be Summer 2017 instead. From the moment Emma sat at the Vintage publishing event I attended and began to… Continue reading The Girls by Emma Cline | 1 Minute Reviews

Fiction · Short Stories

How Much the Heart Can Hold, Short Story Collection | 1 Minute Reviews

Books of short stories, it turns out, are great for times when you cannot concentrate on a full novel. Nerys (pictured below) arrived on the scene on the 12th of April, a contradiction of teeth and cuddles, and so my attention has been somewhat divided. Short stories, I thought. This is where to go! My… Continue reading How Much the Heart Can Hold, Short Story Collection | 1 Minute Reviews