Review: The Diary of a Bookseller, Shaun Bythell

  Star rating: 4/5 Synopsis: This is, as the title suggests, the diary of a bookseller at The Book Shop, Scotland's largest second hand bookshop. Bythell refers to himself as the real-life Bernard Black, and his diaries reflect the customers, staff, and general life of a second hand bookshop. Review: Despite being simple diary entries discussing … Continue reading Review: The Diary of a Bookseller, Shaun Bythell

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Mystery & Thriller Recommendations

  It's finally Halloween season, so to celebrate the nights getting darker and people's book recommendations getting spookier, here are six mystery/thriller books that I'd recommend for your autumn TBR.   After the Funeral, Agatha Christie No mystery list is complete without an Agatha Christie, but I thought I'd share one of my favourites that … Continue reading Mystery & Thriller Recommendations

Review: Coffee Boy, Austin Chant

After graduation, Kieran expected to go straight into a career of flipping burgers—only to be offered the internship of his dreams at a political campaign. But the pressure of being an out trans man in the workplace quickly sucks the joy out of things, as does Seth, the humorless campaign strategist who watches his every … Continue reading Review: Coffee Boy, Austin Chant

Review: 1984, George Orwell

✮✮✮✮☆ The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell's prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of "negative utopia" -a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence … Continue reading Review: 1984, George Orwell