Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – #LooksAtBooks Review

A new #LooksAtBooks post? How long has it been? This segment suffered over summer, when I was mostly reading trash that I didn’t want to admit to, but we’re back with a review of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

This recent release proved popular online, with many readers praising its heart-warming portrayal of personal growth and sharp insights into modern loneliness and isolation.

My phone doesn’t ring often—it makes me jump when it does—and it’s usually people asking if I’ve been mis-sold Payment Protection Insurance. I whisper ‘I know where you live to them,’ and hang up the phone very, very gently.

There are moments of inspired phrasing and a refreshing matter-of-factness to prop this story up, but generally speaking, I wasn’t sold on it. Perhaps I was expecting something different, but I wasn’t entirely convinced by many of the characters, and found the protagonist more irritating than charmingly quirky… more thoughts below.


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The Virago Press #BooksForChange Challenge Part 3

If you missed part one of this challenge, you can find it here and part two is 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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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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The 12 Books of Christmas – part two

It’s difficult to find the time to sit down with a good book during the holidays, but if you’ve doled out your cards and crossed off all your lists, then why not unwind with a holiday-themed read from this list?

I’ve already uploaded part one, with books 1-6, here.

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The 12 Books of Christmas – part one

At this time of year, after the presents are wrapped and the festive food is laid to cool on the proverbial ledge, it’s nice to unwind with a festive book. This is a list of twelve books that were inspired by, or otherwise depict, Christmas- including a few that you can share with children.

Today I’m uploading 1-6, so look out for part two, with numbers 7-12, tomorrow.

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