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 · 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 · Memoir · Non Fiction

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher | 1 Minute Reviews

The Princess Diarist is the latest, and sadly last, of Carrie Fisher’s autobiographies. Upon finding a box of diaries written during the filming of Star Wars: A New Hope in her house, Carrie decides to share them with the world. We are treated to excerpts from these, including some brutal entries about loneliness and self-doubt,… Continue reading The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · books · Memoir · Non Fiction

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi | 1 Minute Reviews

This month sees the paperback publication of the lyrical memoir When Breath Becomes Air by Dr. Paul Kalanathi. It has been out in hardback for around a year and I finally got time to sit down with my copy and read it. In his sixth year into his residency as a neurosurgeon, Paul discovers he has… Continue reading When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi | 1 Minute Reviews