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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New Directions

Welcome to two brand new series of blog posts- ‘Bare Facts’ and ‘Reviews for the Revolution.’

‘Bare Facts’ are a stripped back look at what is going on in politics and current affairs, with the intention of providing facts and objective truths. Hopefully it will be a useful basis for editorial blog posts in the future, but I hope that they will also be useful for you in your own day-to-day debates and defence. It’s always good to know exactly what you’re talking about.

‘Reviews for the Revolution’ are book reviews and analyses of political or politicised texts which I believe to be helpful or insightful to current political situations.
In times like these I find myself increasingly looking for new guiding lights and old words of comfort and inspiration.

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I Capture the Castle: Dodie Smith

A young woman; a ramshackle English castle; a glamourous step-mother; a forgetful father writing strange encoded books; a quiet and mysterious servant boy; two interloping American brothers; green skin and outdoor baths. This is middle class decline in 1930s Britain, but it’s also a fairytale love story in Dodie Smith’s quintessentially English coming of age story, I Capture the Castle.

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