Why the Word ‘Handsome’ Deserves a Renaissance

When Mr Darcy famously snubbed Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, he declared that she was: ‘tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me’. In other words he was saying that Elizabeth was good-looking but not quite good-looking enough for his liking. Austen's words were published in 1813 and times have certainly changed. The Cambridge … Continue reading Why the Word ‘Handsome’ Deserves a Renaissance

My Five Best Reads of 2020 and My 2021 Reading List

In no particular order, my five best reads of 2020 are: 1. The Five: the Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold (published 2020) This incredible book pulls away archaic misconceptions pertaining to Jack the Ripper and his victims to communicate the truth about their identities. The Five is … Continue reading My Five Best Reads of 2020 and My 2021 Reading List

‘Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking’ by Susan Cain Review

'Quiet' is a well-researched book that spoke volumes, at low-volume, to me. The book explores introverts from a ‘cultural’ point of view. It’s primary concern is the age-old dichotomy between the “man of action” and the “man of contemplation” and how we can improve the world if only there was a greater balance of power … Continue reading ‘Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking’ by Susan Cain Review

‘She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement’ by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey Review

In ‘She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story that Helped Ignite a Movement’, Kantor and Twohey reveal their journey to publishing the New York Times article that exposed Hollywood Producer Harvey Weinstein during his tenures at Miramax and the Weinstein Company.

‘Fingers in the Sparkle Jar’ by Chris Packham Review

Naturalist, photographer and presenter Chris Packham recounts his early years in his unique memoir. Packham’s memoir explores, in a kaleidoscope of poetry and emotion, his experience of being a child and social outsider in 1970's Britain. During this time, he took solace in the solitude of nature and developed a life-long dedication and passion for … Continue reading ‘Fingers in the Sparkle Jar’ by Chris Packham Review

‘The Five: the Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper’ by Hallie Rubenhold Review

On this week, in 1888, Polly Ann Nichols was killed by Jack the Ripper. For over a century Polly, and the four other victims, have been narrated as 'just prostitutes'. Rubenhold strips away the misogynistic Victorian narrative and 19th century fake news pertaining to these women, revealing their vivid, rich and devastating lives. Rubenhold reveals the truth for the first time.