Title: The Suffragettes

Author: Penguin Classics

Pages: 59 Pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

The Blurb

‘Once they are aroused, once they are determined, nothing on earth and nothing in heaven will make women give way; it is impossible.’

A potted history of the women who pioneered feminism and changed the world.

One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics’ huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries – including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants.


The Review

As part of the Penguin 80 Books Classics series, The Suffragettes is a fabulous working document which highlights the battles that The Suffragettes fought in as they strived for women’s rights 100 years ago.

Besides legal documents it also has pictorial documentation of how the suffragettes tried to encourage other women to join their movement and also of the propaganda that they were constantly facing from those who wished to keep women suppressed.

The Suffragettes is a very interesting and basic study of feminism and a very interesting time in British history.

The Suffragettes by Penguin Classics is available now.

Title: How Do You Like Me Now?

Author: Holly Bourne

Pages: 368 Pages

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

The Blurb

‘Turning thirty is like playing musical chairs. The music stops, and everyone just marries whoever they happen to be sitting on.’

Who the f*ck is Tori Bailey?

There’s no doubt that Tori is winning the game of life. She’s inspired millions of women to stick two fingers up at convention with her bestselling memoir, and she has the perfect relationship to boot.

But Tori Bailey has been living a lie.

Everyone around her is getting married and having babies, but her long-term boyfriend won’t even talk about getting engaged. And when her best friend Dee – her plus one, the only person who understands the madness – falls in love, suddenly Tori’s in terrifying danger of being left behind.

When the world tells you to be one thing and turning thirty brings with it a loud ticking clock, it takes courage to walk your own path.

It’s time for Tori to practise what she’s preached, but the question is: is she brave enough?

The debut adult novel by bestselling author Holly Bourne is a blisteringly funny, honest and moving exploration of love, friendship and navigating the emotional rollercoaster of your thirties.

The Review

Life is hard. That’s it. No amount of being told that it is hard and that it is unfair prepares you for that fact. In fact, when I grew up I had a plan that I was going to finish high school, go to college and university and I would be married by the time I was 21. My friend Ana and I had a plan. If we weren’t married by 21 we would join the army. Needless to say, neither of these plans came to fruition. Call it naivety or just plain ignorance but I wasn’t prepared for life. A book like Holly Bourne’s How Do You Like Me Now? may have given me a little preparation for this crazy little thing called life.

How Do You Like Me Now? is the story of Tori Bailey; she is a life guru of sorts, followed by thousands, a best-selling author. She is the girl other girls aspire to be. She has her shit together. Except, she really doesn’t. She is watching her friends all make big life choices: getting engaged, married or with child. Tori feels a little left behind. What she doesn’t seem to understand is that she is actually in a very toxic relationship and she is being held back by the man-child she is living with.

I really, really, really loved How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne. Yes, Tori could be a pain in the arse and so very unlikable at times but I would be lying if I said that I didn’t relate to some of the things that she is going through.

It is a strange little love story but one about loving yourself and I think that is the bravest thing about How Do You Like Me Now? This is the book that I wish was on a mandatory to be read list for every 25+ woman. Believe me, they all need to read it!

How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne is available now.

For more information regarding Holly Bourne (@holly_bourneYA) please visit www.hollybourne.co.uk.

For more information regarding Hodder & Stoughton (@HodderBooks) please visit www.hodder.co.uk.

Title: Your Turn to Die

Author: Sue Wallman

Pages: 272 Pages

Publisher: Scholastic Fiction

The Blurb

Sue Wallman’s most spine-tingling thriller yet!

Every winter, three families gather in an old house to celebrate the New Year. This year, 15-year-old Leah and the other kids discover that the house has a dark past. As they dig into the history, terrible things start happening, and if Leah isn’t careful, this New Year might be her last.


The Review

To try and get members of the school book club to read out of their comfort zone I picked up five copies of Sue Wallman’s book Your Turn to Die. I had previously read Lying About Last Summer so I knew she was a writer I could trust to deliver a good story. What I wasn’t expecting was a book so intense and so gripping that I was practically shoving it into the book club member’s bags and demanding that they read it, read it now.

Your Turn to Die has all the elements that make a good mystery – remote location, strange interloper and a series of odd events that just keep happening. Wallman is so clever at story telling that I genuinely found myself shocked and gasping at certain points in the story. Ok, so I am not that smart when it comes to mysteries and I never guess who dunnit but dammit I stand by my review.

Your Turn to Die is an excellent murder mystery and I defy anyone to read it and not enjoy it!

Your Turn to Die by Sue Wallman is available now.

For more information regarding Sue Wallman (@SueWallman) please visit www.suewallman.co.uk.

For more information regarding Scholastic Fiction (@scholasticuk) please visit www.scholastic.co.uk.

Title: The Paris Effect

Author: K. S. R. Burns

Pages: 264 Pages

Publisher: Velvet Morning Press

The Blurb

Friendship, loss and a tantalizing trip to Paris in this highly praised #1 Amazon Best Seller!

Amy and Kat had planned a secret trip to Paris. Even Amy’s husband wouldn’t know about it. But when Amy loses Kat to cancer, she knows the plan is gone forever. Or is it?

Guided by memories of her friend and dissatisfaction with her own calorie-counting life in Phoenix, Amy sneaks off to Paris while her husband is away on a business trip. Once there, she’s robbed, stalked, arrested and almost kidnapped. Worse, she finds that all her problems have come right along with her.

Through her adventures, laced with luscious descriptions of food and Paris, Amy learns that often in life, love and friendship, nothing is exactly as it seems. Grab a croissant and settle in for a decidedly non-touristy trip to the City of Light.

Fans of Ella Carey’s Paris Time Capsule and Allison Winn Scotch’s Time of My Life will enjoy this touching and thoughtful story of self-discovery and second chances.

The Review

I went through a mixture of emotions when reading The Paris Effect by K. S. R. Burns. At first I thought, yes, this is the book for me. A Francophile like myself is just going to drop sticks and go and have a Parisian adventure – something I would love to do. I thought I was going to be able to live vicariously through Amy.

However, as I was reading the book I realised that I didn’t much like Amy as a character. Sure, I sympathised with her over the loss of her best friend but she was a little whiney for my taste.

It was hard to decide whether she was naïve or just really self-centred. It got to the point where I actively began to dislike her rather than just passively so.

However, I did enjoy the story and I think that if Amy had been a bit of a nicer person I would have been able to get on board with some of the things she was doing. I suppose a positive is that I would like to read the sequel and if I really hadn’t liked The Paris Effect then I wouldn’t even contemplate picking that up.

The Paris Effect by K. S. R. Burns is available now.

For more information regarding K. S. R. Burns (@WorkingGirl) please visit www.ksrburns.com.

For more information regarding Velvet Morning Press (@V_Mpress) please visit www.velvetmorningpress.com.


Title: Men and Women Talking

Author: Gloria Steinem

Pages: 17 Pages

Publisher: Amazon Media

The Blurb

Once upon a time (just a few years ago), psychologists believed that the way we chose to communicate was largely a function of personality. If certain conversational styles were more common to one sex than the other (more abstract and aggressive talk for men, for instance, more personal and equivocal talk for women), then this was just another tribute to the influence of biology on personality.

In her landmark essay, Men and Women Talking, Gloria Steinem confronts long-held misconceptions about the supposedly scientific differences in the way men and women communicate, debunking—among other things—the myth of the “talkative woman.”

Men and Women Talking was originally published in Ms., May 1981.


The Review

Men and Women Talking was originally featured in Ms Magazine in May 1981. In this article Steinem discusses women’s positions in social dynamics and how it differs drastically to men. It argues how women will be apologetic just for being and for having opinions and how it is expected that a man will show no such social subservience and is therefore often seen as more powerful.

It is shocking that 37 years later this still seems to be the case. Women are still paid less, hold fewer powerful positions in businesses or government, and how women are generally seen as the lesser sex.

Men and Women Talking is as insightful now as it as when it was originally published.

Men and Women Talking by Gloria Steinem is available now.

For more information regarding Gloria Steinem (@GloriaSteinem) please visit www.gloriasteinem.com.