• Books

    Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

    After a string of lighter reads, I was wary about reading something with such a heavy premise (because – you know – the world), but I’m so glad I did, because this novel in verse is one of my favourite books of this year. Clap When You Land follows two 16-year-old half-sisters whose father dies in a plane crash during his routine summer visit from New York, where Yahaira lives, to the Dominican Republic, where Camino lives. Parallel Lives The contrasting dual narrative reveals that Camino and Yahaira are not quite twins. They are born a few months apart. They…

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    The Blessed Girl by Angela Makholwa

    So, I bought this book because of the cover. Because how could you not? I’ve said before how much I love illustrated covers, and I immediately noticed this one on display in Waterstones a few months ago. The Blessed Girl,…

  • Books

    The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

    Hello, old (and new) friends! It’s been a while… These are wild times. I can’t really articulate the feelings I’ve been having over the course of this lockdown period, so I won’t try to. But, I’m incredibly fortunate to be…

  • Books,  Life

    My Favourite Childhood Reads

    Happy World Book Day! It’s no secret that reading is a big part of my life, so I thought I’d have some fun and share the books from my childhood that have made some sort of impact on me. I genuinely…

  • Books

    ‘NDOA’ Spotlight: Edwige-Renée Dro

    After the very soft launch of ‘NDOA spotlight’, I’m glad to announce that it’s officially back! *hold for applause* NDOA spotlight will be a regular, ongoing series, where I’ll be discussing the contributions to the amazing New Daughters of Africa…

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    ‘New Daughters of Africa’ Spotlight: Diana Ferrus

    Throughout Black History Month and beyond, I’ll be posting about the contributors to the New Daughters of Africa anthology, edited by Margaret Busby. This amazing book was released earlier this year, and is a collection of over 200 female authors…

  • Travel

    Three Days in Florence!

    Can you believe how summertime is flying by? Since we’re still in holiday season, I felt like finally doing a bit of travel writing – earlier this year, I went to Florence by myself on a whim in March, so…

  • Books

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    After watching this year’s film adaptation of James Baldwin’s  If Beale Street Could Talk , I knew I had to get hold of the book. I’m completely new to Baldwin’s works, so had no clue what I was in for…

  • Books

    Andrea Levy, In Memoriam

    The ‘Black British Female Fiction Author’ is an enigmatic figure. I just tried to count them myself without Google – I only needed my left hand. With more effort and time, I could maybe use two. I remember as a…