Title: Bunny vs Monkey and the League of Doom!

Author: Jamie Smart

Pages: 256 Pages

Publisher: David Fickling Books

The Blurb

This brand new remastered book collects together Bunny vs Monkey 5: Destructo and Bunny vs Monkey 6: Apocalypse for the first time. Since he crash-landed to Earth in a rocket, Monkey has been causing absolute mayhem! Bunny and the gang (Squirrel, Pig [the Pig], Action Beaver, and Skunky the Inventor) have almost had enough. Monkey’s eternal struggle for world domination is getting more ridiculous every day, and it’s impossible to predict which bizarre plan he’s going to put into action next… In this comic extravaganza, the pint-sized friends must face a giant robot whale, a pig cannon, a camping trip that goes wrong… oh, and the actual end of the world! Can Bunny and Co stop the apocalypse before it’s too late?!

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

I have really loved this silly, wacky, out there series of comics. I love the thought that our animal kingdom has its own nuances and hierarchies that leads to all sorts of misadventure. Jamie Smart really has managed to bring it to life in his Bunny vs Monkey series. Personally, this one hasn’t been my favourite. I personally love the parts that feature Le Fox – the fox who isn’t actually French. I am excited to see what more comes of this series.

Bunny vs Monkey and the League of Doom! by Jamie Smart is available now.

For more information regarding Jamie Smart (@jamiesmart) please visit www.fumboo.com.

For more information regarding David Fickling Books (@DFB_storyhouse) please visit www.davidfickingbooks.com.

Title: Rebel Writers – The Accidental Feminists

Author: Celia Brayfield

Pages: 272 Pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

The Blurb

In London in 1958, a play by a 19-year-old redefined women’s writing in Britain. It also began a movement that would change women’s lives forever. The play was A Taste of Honey and the author, Shelagh Delaney, was the first in a succession of young women who wrote about their lives with an honesty that dazzled the world. They rebelled against sexism, inequality and prejudice and in doing so challenged the existing definitions of what writing and writers should be. Bypassing the London cultural elite, their work reached audiences of millions around the world, paved the way for profound social changes and laid the foundations of second-wave feminism. 

After Delaney came Edna O’Brien, Lynne Reid-Banks, Charlotte Bingham, Nell Dunn, Virginia Ironside and Margaret Forster; an extraordinarily disparate group who were united in their determination to shake the traditional concepts of womanhood in novels, films, television, essays and journalism. They were as angry as the Angry Young Men, but were also more constructive and proposed new ways to live and love in the future. They did not intend to become a literary movement but they did, inspiring other writers to follow. Not since the Brontës have a group of young women been so determined to tell the truth about what it is like to be a girl. 

In this biographical study, the acclaimed author, Celia Brayfield, tells their story for the first time.

The Review

Rebel Writers is a great book that looks at the lives of important feminist writers and the impact that they had. It focuses on Shelagh Delany, Edna O’Brien, Lynne Reid-Banks, Charlotte Billingham, Nell Dun, Virginia Ironside, Margaret Forster and throws in a little bit about Francoise Sagan to boot.

What is great about Rebel Writers is that if you don’t know who some of the writers are (and I must admit that there were three on the above list that I didn’t know anything about) you come away at the end of the book knowing about them and more importantly understanding the cultural impact that they had. Even more interesting is the social history discussed in this novel and the way the patriarchy really tried to oppress these young ladies in a multitude of ways. Their feisty nature and the changing world around them allowed them to grow and retain their dignity if not necessarily always giving them equal rights.

Whether read for entertainment purposes or as an academic text Celia Brayfield’s look at these writers is fascinating and definitely worth a read.

Rebel Writers – The Accidental Feminists by Celia Brayfield is available now.

For more information regarding Celia Brayfield (@highcixiety) please visit her Twitter page.

For more information regarding Bloomsbury Publishing (@BloomsburyBooks) please visit www.bloomsbury.com.

Title: My Mess is a Bit of a Life

Author: Georgia Pritchett

Pages: 268 Pages

Publisher: Faber & Faber

The Blurb

This memoir, told in gloriously comic vignettes, is an utterly joyful reflection on living – and sometimes thriving (sometimes not) – with anxiety.

And multi-award-winning television writer and producer Georgia Pritchett knows a thing or two about anxiety.

From worrying about the monsters under her bed as a child (Were they comfy enough?), to embracing womanhood, (One way of knowing you have crossed from girlhood to womanhood is that men stop furtively masturbating at you from bushes and start shouting things at you from cars. It’s a beautiful moment) worry has accompanied her at every turn.

Brimming with wit and honesty, My Mess is a Bit of a Life is the perfect nourishment for an anxious world.

The Review

I think the reason that I wanted to read My Mess is a Bit of a Life by Georgia Pritchett is because there are times when I felt just the same. I think we all have at some point and so there is a comfort in having someone – even someone who you don’t personally know – acknowledge this. It makes us feel less alone. Less like a failure. Just less than the mess we are. So for that reason alone we should all salute Georgia Pritchett for being brave enough to be this honest.

My Mess is a Bit of a Life is a memoir that packs a punch. It deals with feminist issues, suppression of women in the workplace, sexuality, mental health, death, autism. All of it is discussed with humour and grace but without losing the impact of what Georgia Pritchett is trying to say. It is in this quality that we see what a powerhouse of a writer she is.

My Mess is a Bit of a Life by Georgia Pritchett is available now.

For more information regarding Georgia Pritchett (@georgiapudding) please visit her Twitter page.

For more information regarding Faber & Faber (@FaberBooks) please visit www.faber.co.uk.

Title: Everyone in This Room will Someday Be Dead

Author: Emily Austin

Pages: 256 Pages

Publisher: Atlantic Books

The Blurb

Meet Gilda. She cannot stop thinking about death. Desperate for relief from her anxious mind and alienated from her repressive family, she responds to a flyer for free therapy at a local church and finds herself abruptly hired to replace the deceased receptionist Grace. It’s not the most obvious job – she’s queer and an atheist for starters – and so in between trying to learn mass, hiding her new maybe-girlfriend and conducting an amateur investigation into Grace’s death, Gilda must avoid revealing the truth of her mortifying existence.

A blend of warmth, deadpan humour, and pitch-perfect observations about the human condition, Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead is a crackling exploration of what it takes to stay afloat in a world where your expiration – and the expiration of those you love – is the only certainty.

The Review

Everyone in this Room will Someday Be Dead is an interesting novel about a girl called Gilda. Gilda appears to have an OCD, she is fatalistic and obsessive. As a young gay woman you would hardly find her to be working in a church but by chance she finds herself getting a job there. What unfolds is a mystery and the actions of a self-destructive characters.

I would be lying if I said I loved this book but I did like Gilda as a character and I enjoyed going on her journey with her.

Everyone in this Room will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin is available now.

For more information regarding Atlantic Books (@AlanticBooks) please visit www.atlantic-books.co.uk.

Title: I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are

Author: Rachel Bloom

Pages: 288 Pages

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

The Blurb

A collection of hilarious personal essays, poems and even amusement park maps on the subjects of insecurity, fame, anxiety, and much more from the charming and wickedly funny creator of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

“It’s nice to know someone as talented as Rachel is also pretty weird. If you’re like me and love Rachel Bloom, this hilarious, personal book will make you love her even more.” – Mindy Kaling

“Rachel is one of the funniest, bravest people of our generation and this book blew me away.” – Amy Schumer

Rachel Bloom has felt abnormal and out of place her whole life. In this exploration of what she thinks makes her ‘different’, she’s come to realise that a lot of people also feel this way; even people who she otherwise thought were ‘normal’.

In a collection of laugh-out-loud funny essays, all told in the unique voice (sometimes singing voice) that made her a star, Rachel writes about everything from her love of Disney, OCD and depression, weirdness, and female friendships to the story of how she didn’t poop in the toilet until she was four years old. It’s a hilarious, smart, and infinitely relatable collection (except for the pooping thing).

Readers love I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are.

The Review

Okay, I won’t lie to you. I don’t really know who Rachel Bloom is. I downloaded this book because the cover looked similar to the 90s Sweet Valley High series book covers so I assumed it would be a pastiche about the 80s/90s. It was interesting to find out that it was in fact a memoir. I could have DNF’d it at this point but I decided to stick it out and see if I enjoyed it. I did.

Rachel Bloom is funny in that self-deprecating geeky way that shows just how socially awkward she once was. I work in a school and the kids that tend to be my favourites (I know we shouldn’t have favourites but we do) are those that bang to the beat of their own drum. Rachel Bloom appears to be that kind of person. Unapologetically herself.

In I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are you travel with her through her awkward teen years. You cringe along with all the shockingly awful things she had to deal with and you marvel with just how cruel school kids can be. Bloom handled it so much better than I ever could.

I’m glad I read I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are. I know my reasons for doing so where a bit strange but it is one of those serendipitous moments where things turn out alright.

I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are by Rachel Bloom is available now.

For more information regarding Rachel Bloom please visit her website www.racheldoesstuff.com.

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