Irregular Fiction

This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay

I confess, there were times reading this book when my pelvic floor had involuntary panic attacks. It's that kind of book. Funny, frank, uterine curling. Adam Kay originally trained as a junior doctor, specialised in gynaecology and then became a... Continue Reading →


Tough Times & Grisly Crimes by Nigel Green

I've been a little poorly recently and much as I'd like to be a full on star ship trooper bravely kicking and singing my way through ill health, I'm really not that type of girl. Besides, part of my problem... Continue Reading →

The Bees by Laline Paull

'Accept. Obey. Serve.' Anthropomorphism. In my teens there was Richard Adams' Watership Down. My twenties were graced by William Horwood's tales of Duncton Wood, closely followed by The Wolves of Time. My thirties were a bit of a cultural bonfire... Continue Reading →

Comfort in Books: David Edding’s Belgariad

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article for Den of Geek about comfort geek. Finding solace in he books, the films, the television that makes you happy. There were many Buffy quotes. It was rather lovely to read... Continue Reading →

Death & Her Maidens: Carla Valentine & Caitlin Doughty (& a little bit of Gaiman)

'I've been making a list of the things they don't teach you at school...They don't teach you what to say to someone who's dying' - Rose Walker, The Sandman I first read Rose Walker's words in the distant mists of... Continue Reading →

Husk by J. Kent Messum

Disclaimer: most books I read I pick up myself. Husk is an exception - a little while ago the excellent Den of Geek (who I write for on occasion) sent me a box of books as a gift. It was... Continue Reading →

History: Edwardian Mining in Old Postcards, Black Diamonds & Pit Women

I live in a landscape shaped by mining. Specifically, coal mining. I am the grand daughter of two miners. The streets underneath my house are criss crossed with pit shafts and tales of sink holes opening up in peoples' gardens... Continue Reading →

Retro Read: Enid Blyton’s Enchanted Wood & David Eddings’ Belgariad

When you think back to the books that formed you as a reader, I wonder what comes to mind? Is it what you expected? Do they have personal connotations or did they just blow your mind into spaces you never... Continue Reading →

Quirky – Troll Bridge by Neil Gaiman

Oh Neil Gaiman. My writing god of the 1990s, it sometimes takes me a while to come back round to you. Not because I don't love you anymore - but because sometimes authors belong to a time and a place... Continue Reading →

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