1 Minute Reviews · books · YA

Girl Out of Water by Nat Luurtsema | 1 Minute Reviews

I have this idea that certain books demand to be read in particular places, seasons, towns. I had this notion that I’d be able to read Girl Out of Water at the side of the pool somewhere. Instead I had to settle for the bath. Girl Out of Water is Nat Luurtsema’s debut YA novel,… Continue reading Girl Out of Water by Nat Luurtsema | 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 · Essay Collections · Poetry

Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8 by Naoki Higashida | 1 Minute Reviews

Back when I was still wandering the waters of am I autistic, I read Naoki Higashida’s first book The Reason I Jump. I was on a train from the bookshop in the Chilterns back to my regular bookshop to meet my colleagues for work drinks, and I whizzed through it. I arrived flapping and buzzing with information,… Continue reading Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8 by Naoki Higashida | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · YA

One Italian Summer by Keris Stainton | 1 Minute Reviews

One Italian Summer is summertime wrapped up into a lovely heartfelt novel, the perfect thing to be reading poolside or on a plane. If you are looking for a swoonfest with some real heart tugging moments, then I can’t recommend One Italian Summer enough. Milly and her family are travelling to their regular summer destination… Continue reading One Italian Summer by Keris Stainton | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · YA

Gilded Cage by Vic James | 1 Minute Reviews

When I saw rumblings around that there was a new UK YA series launching about slavery of non magical people by those with powers, I was intrigued. What I’ve found in Gilded Cage is so much more. James has created a rich world of intrigue, rivalry, rebellion and politics that I can’t stop thinking about. This… Continue reading Gilded Cage by Vic James | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · Middle Grade · YA

A Storm of Strawberries by Jo Cotterill | 1 Minute Reviews

This is an absolutely charming book. Set on a strawberry farm over the course of one weekend, this novel follows twelve year old Darby as things start to (literally and metaphorically) fall apart in her life. A tornado is coming, and so is her sister Kaydee’s difficult friend Lissa. All Darby wants to do is… Continue reading A Storm of Strawberries by Jo Cotterill | 1 Minute Reviews