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

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The Great Soul of Siberia by Sooyong Park | 1 Minute Reviews

As a child, I used to watch a lot of nature documentaries, particularly one called The Realm of the Russian Bear, which also featured beautiful Siberian tigers. I was obsessed with their grace and beauty, and their power. The Great Soul of Siberia filled me with the glee I felt as a child, seeing those… Continue reading The Great Soul of Siberia by Sooyong Park | 1 Minute Reviews

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The Outrun by Amy Liptrot | 1 Minute Reviews

I am truly overwhelmed by The Outrun. I read it in hardback last year, and I still think of it. I pick the stunning book off my shelf and flick through, submerging myself in Liptrot’s prose and observations. Part rediscovery-of-self memoir, part salute to nature and her Orcadian upbringing, completely engrossing. The Outrun follows Amy… Continue reading The Outrun by Amy Liptrot | 1 Minute Reviews

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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

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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