Notes to Self

At times, whilst reading Emilie Pine’s ‘Notes to Self’, I felt a bit like I was rudely perusing a mate’s diary. I wondered why she had chosen to write and publish these extremely personal essays and then I thought back to a quote from Joan Didion’s ‘On Keeping a Notebook’ where she questions her own…

Notes to Self

 Even before it’s recent wins in the Irish Book Awards and the Butler Literary Prize, Emile Pines’s Notes to Self, came to this reader weighted with serious expectations . Almost overwhelmingly positive reviews, and a book wrapped up in yet another exquisite Tramp Press production. And yes, Notes to Self is certainly well written…but, on…

Normal People

Every year my New Years resolution is to read more. The more I read the happier I am. During a good book I actively feel my world expanding, my emotional intelligence developing, I have lived a thousand lives from the comfort of my own bed. It is reassuring that there is an escape route from…

On Line Book Club

On Line Book Club – Review Normal People by Sally Rooney Normal People is the story of Marianne and Connell. We first meet them in their final year at school. Both by their own admission are damaged people. We never quite find out why they are damaged (is damaged the new Normal?). Marianne’s mother Denise…

Normal People – Sally Rooney

Book Club Update (sort of..) We’re half way through the month on our first On-line Book Club. We’re finished. I know, we’re just like that annoying kid at school, who put their hand up to tell the teacher they were finished, when you were still trying to figure out the question. So to give the…