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This week we’re reading

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A novel that’s a supernatural version of Westworld, Michelle Obama’s memoir and an insightful story into growing up as a transgender boy. VIC PARSONS IS READING… NOT JUST A TOMBOY BY CASPAR J BALDWIN This honest and intimate account from a trans man of how it felt to grow up labelled a “tomboy” but actually being …

It’s time we gave chick-lit the respect it deserves

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When author Caroline O’Donoghue was forced to defend her book against “chick-lit” haters, she decided to investigate why the genre is so maligned – and ended up starting a podcast trying to fix it About a year prior, and after nearly overlooking the term completely, I began hearing the expression “chick-lit” a great deal. I …

This week we’re reading

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Richard E Grant’s movie diaries, a realistic and joyful romcom and a tale of three friends – two of whom are suspected of murdering the other ATE SEVILLA IS READING… THE PROPOSAL BY JASMINE GUILLORY I’m currently reading The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory and it’s a total fucking joy. Jasmine’s previous novel, The Wedding Date, …

A Harry Potter classic, a collection of spooky stories

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ROBYN WILDER’S CHRISTMAS READ IS… COLLECTED GHOST STORIES Before I had kids and moved out of London, what I’d like to do at Christmas-time is find the draughtiest, most Elizabethan-looking pub I could find and curl up in a corner of it with a book of MR James’ ghost stories. In Victorian times, the reading of …

ELAINE ROBB IS READING… ASKING FOR IT BY LOUISE O’NEILL

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A gut-punching YA read that tackles consent, the audio book of Sherlock Holmes and the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilog ELAINE ROBB IS READING… ASKING FOR IT BY LOUISE O’NEILL I have an eight-year-old daughter who’s already looking forward to secondary school because she’ll finally get a phone and ‘be able to …

Roxane Gay: “I’m not an opinion vending machine”

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Yomi Adegoke talks to Roxane Gay about the importance of boundaries, the complexities of “body positivity” and what it’s like working with Channing Tatum. There is no medium through which Roxane Gay can’t recount to an incredible story. A fiction author as a matter of first importance, she reveals to me she would “just compose …

When it comes to the food you fancy, Just Eat It

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Laura Thomas’s new book on how Intuitive Eating can help you “get your shit together around food” You know that conversation you’ve had with yourself in your head – the one that goes a bit like, “Well, if I have the bread then I can’t have the potatoes” or “If I eat the brownie then I’ll …

How maternity leave messed with my mind

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Author Michelle Francis on how maternity-leave anxiety threatened to take the shine off her baby joy. When I was pregnant with my first child at work, there was talk of my maternity cover. Perfectly normal, perfectly standard practice. The person who was lined up to ‘take over’ (a deeply rankling phrase that was used frequently, as it …

story of a girl getting magical powers in 14th century Russia.

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A philosophy book that will solve your midlife crisis, a heartwarming cookbook and the enchanting story of a girl getting magical powers in 14th century Russia. CAROLINE O’DONOGHUE IS READING (AND EATING)… MIDNIGHT CHICKEN & OTHER RECIPES WORTH LIVING FOR BY ELLA RISBRIDGER I’m fortunate enough to have an entirely biased opinion of Ella Risbridger’s debut cookbook, …

If you’re not reading YA fiction, you’re missing a trick

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Modern YA fiction handles deftly and frankly some of the most difficult issues we encounter as human beings, says Emily Morris. She shares what she’s learned from some of her favourites. What’s the best book you’ve read recently?” As an author, it’s a question I get asked a lot. When I’m not writing, I’m incredibly …