The Muse by Jessie Burton

Copyright by Pan Macmillan

There are so many things that could be said about The Muse by Jessie Burton, especially given the reviews it received on publishing and how well it went on to do in the book charts and awards, but with that a lot of it has been said. Some things did come up whilst going through […]

The Picture Of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde

Penguin Books classics series

Even though I really have not read in a long time, I still find myself knowing a pretty large amount about classic books (though if I was ever to go on Mastermind they would not be my specialist subject) and am often surprised when people have not heard of something; this book is one of […]

War With The Newts By Karel Čapek

Book by Karel Capek

Reading War With The Newts it is incredibly difficult to believe it was written in 1936. Almost everybody that reads the book in the modern era reflects on certain elements sounding like they could refer to Nazi Germany and WW2. And in some ways they clearly did and picked up on the sense of war looming. […]

Arranging The Perfect Holiday*

The sea in Spain as captured from a vantage point in Southern Spain's Murcia

Figuring out where you want to go on holiday is one thing but trawling through hotels, resorts and apartments is something completely different. For me trying to decide on the specifics of a holiday such as the hotel, the flights and things like transfers to and from the airport is so stressful it almost puts […]

Let Us Talk About… Political Engagement

A group of Labour supporters meet to see Corbyn lunch the general election 2017 campaign

It is hard to believe that it is over seven years since I first joined the Labour Party and took my political engagement and activism up a level. Even before that point, which is when I was 15 and lived in a run down struggling ex-mining town, I had started to engage in the news, […]

Che Guevara’s The Motorcycle Diaries

Reading has not exactly been my strong point over the last couple of years but with my mind increasingly clear and able to focus I hope 2017 will be the year of getting back into it.  So I started simple with something that did not involve too much thought in terms of uncommon words, phrases […]

Seeing What Is On Offer In Cardiff

With not much time and my partner having his own thing to do the things we got up to were pretty limited but as well as going down to Cardiff Bay. But I thought I would share a few things with you to help provide you with a bit more information should a trip to Cardiff […]