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 · Memoir · Non Fiction

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

1 Minute Reviews · Memoir · Non Fiction

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

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 · Essay Collections · Non Fiction

Do What You Want edited by Ruby Tandoh & Leah Pritchard | 1 Minute Reviews

I’m absolutely in love with the array of essay books that are being released now; The Good Immigrant, Nasty Women, and Know Your Place, which is still being crowdfunded, are three that spring to mind. What started out as a project to raise some money for charities such as Mind and Beat has become a… Continue reading Do What You Want edited by Ruby Tandoh & Leah Pritchard | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · Essay Collections · Non Fiction

Dear Ijeawele, Or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | 1 Minute Reviews

Dear Ijeawele started life as a series of letters to a friend of author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, after she was asked for advice on how to raise their new baby girl as a feminist. When a couple of years ago a friend of mine from childhood, who’d grown into a brilliant, strong, kind woman, asked… Continue reading Dear Ijeawele, Or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | 1 Minute Reviews

Essay Collections · Non Fiction

Nasty Women by 404 Ink | 1 Minute Reviews

What does it mean to be a woman in the 21st century? What does it mean to stand up against misogyny, racism and classism alongside sexism? Independent Scottish Publishers 404 Ink seek to answer this question in this excellent collection of essays and interviews from a number of brilliant women. Originally released as a Kickstarter… Continue reading Nasty Women by 404 Ink | 1 Minute Reviews