Eleanor Elephant is Completely Fine

I remember learning at school that the narrator of a novel in first person should neither be, this nor that,  but a blank canvas on which we can paint an image of ourselves on to the page. Gail Honeyman’s narrator and key character of her debut novel is no blank canvas. She is extremely idiosyncratic…

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…

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…