Lost In A Strange World: Is Ignorance Actually Good For Us?

Reading shapes our lives. At least some of us. I first read Irène Némirovsky’s Suite Française when I was loitering on a cold bench in a dark crevice in the basement of a football museum. I felt uncomfortable, out of place and out of sorts. And it wasn’t only the futility of the museum that…

The Best Regrets: An Exploration Of Freedom, Fear and Feeling Good

“You were what you were and you are what you are. Fuck that regrets bullshit.” ― Irvine Welsh, Porno What do you regret? Tough question isn’t it? Most people find this one pretty difficult to answer, at least up front. It takes a while to figure out what your regrets are or, if they’re very…

Fun, Daring, Exploration: Why Stop the Things You Love?

Nothing could have broken the spell. Time stood still. Reality seemed to pause. The world was only two carpet tiles wide and I was enraptured by everything in it. My small fingers gripped the cool, smooth metal of my favourite wet-black toy Corvette with the lipstick-red plastic seats. Intensely eyeing the steadily turning wheels, I…

What Made Her Want a World of Sex, Lies, Injustice and Danger?

  When it comes to fiction, I don’t shy away from exploring shocking subjects. As a reader, I like books that challenge my core beliefs, make me think a little differently, scare me just a touch. From the psychology behind school shootings to the life of a child killer, from stories about drug addiction to…

Bold, Brave & Brilliant: Book-Love Is The Most Exciting Life

“One thing I’ll have to learn before the end of civilisation is how to look at the stars and tell where I’m going.” – Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club. Let’s start with the fun bit. Well, everyone likes to, don’t they? It seems I was no different to most children – even early on, reading good…