• Crime fiction,  Domestic Noir,  International

    The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

    The Couple Next Door has been on radar for quite some time now, especially since the summer when I downloaded the audiobook. However, I never got to listen to it, so when I found the Spanish translation at my local library I decided to give it a try. I don’t often read translations from English, as I would rather read the book in the original, but I am also a believer in supporting local libraries by using them. It also helped that my librarian said I would enjoy the book, and I would read it in a few sittings. As usual, she was right – librarians’ wisdom! The Couple Next…

  • Crime fiction,  TV/Movies

    Marcella: Troubled Detectives, Green Parkas, and Fringes

    Last June I started watching ITV’s new show Marcella after some people on my Twitter timeline mentioned it. Three episodes down the line bad reviews started to appear, with even The Pool criticising how Marcella’s parka was used to turn her into a television icon like Sara Lund and her jumpers. By that time I was travelling a lot and did not have much time to watch and enjoy the series. As I returned to them in my last week of my summer break, I rediscovered a fantastic television show with a defined aesthetic, and a new female detective to join the ranks of my television role models. International viewers…

  • Author Interviews,  Features

    Author Interview: Helen MacKinven author of Buy Buy Baby

    It’s my turn to bring a very special book tour to an end: Buy Buy Baby by Helen MacKinven in a novel about motherhood, domestic abuse, relationships and what society tells women to measure. In Western, affluent countries motherhood is constructed as a women’s ultimate goal in life, and the only one that will make her happy. Not only that, but the media are also on the hunt of ‘baby bumps’ scrutinising female celebrities’ bodies in every week. Jennifer Aniston wrote a very good article for the Huffington Post on the millions of times she has supposedly been pregnant stating that: This past month in particular has illuminated for me…

  • Crime fiction,  Domestic Noir

    The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

    I discovered Liane Moriarty last year when I read her latest novel, Little Lies, about to be adapted into a TV show with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. I loved the novel so much – click here to revisit the review – that I asked the publishers if there were review copies left of her previous novel, The Husband’s Secret, and they kindly sent me one of the new editions. Buy at Book Depository ‘None of us know all the possible courses our lives could have, and maybe, should have taken. It’s probably just as well’. The Husband’s Secret, like Little Lies, is a choral novel that focuses as much…

  • 21st Century,  General Fiction

    The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of Rufi Thorpe’s debut novel The Girls from Coronal de Mar at Naomi’s blog The Writes of Woman. So, last week, after reading too much crime fiction – I never dreamed this would happen – I longed for the twisted, dark and emotionally haunting story that Naomi had told me The Girls from Corona del Mar was. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. Please beware, this review contains spoilers. From Goodreads: Mia and Lorrie Ann are lifelong friends: hard-hearted Mia and untouchably beautiful, kind Lorrie Ann. While Mia struggles with a mother who drinks, a pregnancy at fifteen, and younger brothers…

  • Essays,  Random

    Women’s Education, Women’s Health Care and Feminism by Cate Blanchett

    Cate Blanchett, always the genius, spoke at Labour Minister Gough Whitlam’s memorial (1916 – 2014) about free education, free healthcare, motherhood, single-mothers, the state of the arts and many other things I cannot transmit in these lines. Just sit down, and enjoy: Also, did you see the row of non-applauding rich, white people when she talks about free healthcare?

  • British,  Crime fiction

    Her by Harriet Lane

    If there was a poralizing book around this summer in your blogs, that was Her by Harriet Lane. Some people loved it, some people hated it, but what could not be argued is that this was the book everyone read this summer. So, I asked for a review copy, pretty confident that this would be a book that I would love. Well, as I have said, it is a controversial story. From Goodreads: You don’t remember her–but she remembers you. On the face of it, Emma and Nina have very little in common. Isolated and exhausted by early motherhood, Emma finds her confidence is fading fast. Nina–sophisticated, generous, effortlessly in…

  • Feminist Sundays

    Feminist Sunday: The Children Question

    Feminist Sundays is a weekly meme created at Books and Reviews. The aim is simply to have a place and a time to talk about feminism and women’s issues. This is a place of tolerance, creativity, discussion, criticism and praise. Remember to keep in mind that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, although healthy discussion is encouraged. As a non-native English speaker, I usually find myself surprised at how easy words can be created in the English language. One of those words that has recently called my attention is “childless”. I have seen it all over the web in good and bad contexts and it is always surrounded by…