“Only Amnesiacs Have No Regrets”- Jean-Michel Guenassia’s The Incorrigible Optimists Club

"Only amnesiacs have no regrets" is perhaps one of the most profound statements in Jean-Michel Guenassia's The Incorrigible Optimists Club. It holds particular relevance with the novel itself, as the club is made up of members who fled from behind the iron curtain, leaving jobs, wives and children behind them for the sake of their lives and… Continue reading “Only Amnesiacs Have No Regrets”- Jean-Michel Guenassia’s The Incorrigible Optimists Club

Trains of Thought: or, How to Find Writing Inspiration on Public Transport

For anyone who has ever travelled on trains in Britain recently, it's quite difficult to see how inspiration for one of the most popular series of our time came while J K Rowling was sat on one. Was she not distracted by the screaming children? Or more concerned about whether or not she was on… Continue reading Trains of Thought: or, How to Find Writing Inspiration on Public Transport

The Procrastinating Writer : or, What I Wouldn’t Give to be Carrie Bradshaw

I want to write. I've always wanted to write. When I was little,  I wanted to be an author when I grew up. The problem is that as you grow up, things get in the way of what you want to do. I get in the way of what I want to do too- I want… Continue reading The Procrastinating Writer : or, What I Wouldn’t Give to be Carrie Bradshaw

“I Guess My Soul is in a Cat”- Lost at Sea

Bryan Lee O'Malley's Lost at Sea is about Riley, a girl who believes a cat has stolen her soul. Surprisingly, apart from this, Riley is a very relatable character- a teenage girl who hasn't quite figured things out yet, and doesn't know if she ever will. She worries she is too tall, and too weird, and… Continue reading “I Guess My Soul is in a Cat”- Lost at Sea

“Genuinely Down and Out”- The Richness of Poverty in Literature

"If you set yourself to it, you can live the same life, rich or poor. You can keep on with your books and your ideas. You just got to say to yourself, "I'm a free man in here"- he tapped his forehead -"and you're alright." Poverty in literature is the opposite of poverty in real… Continue reading “Genuinely Down and Out”- The Richness of Poverty in Literature

From Lagos with Love- Americanah’s Ifem and Obinze

The love between Ifemelu and Obinze in Chimananda Ngozi Adichie's novel, Americanah, is the kind of love that everyone wishes they had. It breaks through the stereotypes that the romances of your youth are not built to last, and beyond that, through the hardships adult relationships face- distance, money, education, and status. Ifem and Obinze, in their… Continue reading From Lagos with Love- Americanah’s Ifem and Obinze