Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit

Men Explain Things To Me didn’t do much for me at all. To some extent it’s probably down to unmet expectations – I was expecting a witty takedown of mansplaining, and instead got some angry, unconnected thoughts on male violence, rape, and – inexplicably – Virginia Woolf. Considering that the blurb describes the chief essay […]

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The Road to Jonestown by Jeff Guinn

Sometimes I’m an idiot, and sometimes it works out okay anyway. I decided I wanted to take some non-fiction with me on holiday, something true-crime-ish. Hadn’t I always wanted to read about that historical event where all the people died? Yeah, thanks brain. I ended up buying Jonestown thinking I was going to read about […]

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Post-Truth by Matthew d’Ancona

In his text on the post-truth era, Matthew d’Ancona sums up post-truth politics as “the triumph of the visceral over the rational, the deceptively simple over the honestly complex”. It’s a sage and timely piece, reflecting primarily on Brexit and the rise of Trump, but also the movement’s historical background, psychology, and how we can […]

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Landline by Rainbow Rowell

I read Landline in a single day and it was an absolute blast. I’d previously read and loved Rowell’s Fangirl and Carry On, so when I came across Landline in the English-language section of an Israeli bookstore, a girl and her shekels were easily parted. (I’d only gone in to see if they had Harry […]

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Desperation by Stephen King

Desperation isn’t the worst Stephen King book I’ve read, but it’s also a long way from the best. I think I left it too long between reading this and twin novel The Regulators (over two years, in fact), although it did make me chuckle on re-reading my review to recall: “ultimately I didn’t care a […]

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies is the sort of read I could see unfolding perfectly as a Desperate Housewives-esque TV show, and for most of the time I spent reading it, I was convinced that I’d watch the series after finishing. Once I reached that point, however, I realised that I’d really already ‘seen’ it all and […]

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