Top 10 Indie Books: Snowdrop: A Collection, Olivia Snowdrop

To celebrate my ten favourite indie/self-published books of 2020, over the next 10 days I will reshare my reviews of these wonderful books and links to buy them! Snowdrop: A Collection by Olivia Snowdrop When I read a poetry collection I always look for honesty. I search for the raw and brutal truth which comes … Continue reading Top 10 Indie Books: Snowdrop: A Collection, Olivia Snowdrop

Review of Quiet Screams to the Quiet Healer, Nilanjana Haldar

Quiet Screams to the Quiet Healer by Nilanjana Haldar is a coming of age tale which explores a childhood shaped by violence and regret, friendships and the quiet power of seeking kindness and healing in the face of great adversity. Beginning with Sanjana and Kriti’s childhood friendship, Haldar introduces a female protagonist who possesses the … Continue reading Review of Quiet Screams to the Quiet Healer, Nilanjana Haldar

Review of The House With The Stained-Glass Window, Zanna Sloniowska

The House With The Stained-Glass Window by Żanna Słoniowska and translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones is undeniably a phenomenal piece of literary fiction. Słoniowska’s narrative focuses on a nameless protagonist and her experience growing up in Lviv, Ukraine throughout war and civil unrest. The protagonist’s story line is not linear - we learn more as she … Continue reading Review of The House With The Stained-Glass Window, Zanna Sloniowska

Review of The Rocky Orchard, Barbara Monier

Originally published on Reedsy Discovery.  The Rocky Orchard is Monier’s fourth novel and a testament to her experience and craft. Monier captures Mazie, the novel’s protagonist, exceptionally. From four years old to her late twenties, Mazie’s characterisation is realistic and charts her growth as a young woman; whilst still reminding us all of the traits … Continue reading Review of The Rocky Orchard, Barbara Monier

Review of How Best to Stage a Breakdown, H.M. Reynolds

How Best to Stage a Breakdown is H. M. Reynolds’ first chapbook release; made up of only nineteen poems, the collection is a succinct treatment of struggling with mental illness and the feelings of panic, grief and loss which often accompany a breakdown. Reynolds does not trivialise experiencing any of the above. The eponymously titled … Continue reading Review of How Best to Stage a Breakdown, H.M. Reynolds