Six Literary Sweaters for Autumn

It’s that time of year when you start to sneer at Pumpkin Spice Lattes (but secretly want one) and pick out a new pair of ankle-boots that you refuse to take off until next March. Autumn- the season for slogan sweaters and lazing about on weekends with a book in a comfy chair.

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This is a list of jumpers/sweaters featuring literary motifs or slogans (peak 2017), which you can smugly wear on casual Friday or during weekend plans with friends to remind people that yes, you Read.

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The Autumn Stationery Wishlist

It’s that time of year when the days are rainy and colder than they should be, and you start thinking that maybe it would be worth going back to school just for the new-pencil-case feeling.

Spoiler- it wouldn’t be. Just get yourself a swish new notebook and perk up your autumn days.

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Motivation, Self-Esteem and Patience

I’ve started this blog post a few times already. I had a smarmy quote from Goodreads. I had one of those stock photos of a smiley woman in a field. Then I had a flippant jibe about how it’s pointless anyway in the face of impending nuclear destruction.

Then I deleted it all and closed the window, because it felt a bit pointless. Today’s post is about that pointless feeling, and balancing the weight of expectation against the reality of your capabilities. 

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The Virago Press #BooksForChange Challenge: Part Two

If you missed part one of this challenge, you can find it here


Virago is a British publishing company, founded in 1973, with the intention of giving voice and publishing presence to female authors. Since then, the mission statement has expanded to include authors and reprinted works with a broader positive intention; LGBTQ texts; books written by non-binary authors; works which reflect a diversity of neurological conditions and mental illnesses; and lots more. You can find Virago online here, where they have a fascinating timeline of their own history.

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Sunday Non-Fiction Spotlight: White House Histories

This week I’m spotlighting three interesting non-fiction books about the White House, which each reveal three very different narratives about the building, its many presidents, and American politics more widely.

The White House is a symbol for many things in America. It is the home to presidents, their families; it is the workplace of staffers, advisors, journalists and commentators; it is the creche for First Children; it is the beating political heart of a nation. However it also embodies many of the core contradictions of the United States. The White House is a symbol of freedom, and yet it was built by slaves. It represents equality, and yet there have been no female presidents. It embodies honesty and authenticity, despite the years of presidential mishaps, cover-ups and mistakes. It is a symbol which exists out of a desire for the purity it stands for; a desire which has so far outweighed the political reality. Let’s see how the symbolic meaning of the White House continues to develop and change under President #45.

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