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Celeste: Little Fires Everywhere

Author: Celeste Ng Title: Little Fires Everywhere Press: Abacus Date of Publication: 2017 Date of Purchase: December 2018 RRP: £8.99 Price of Purchase: £4 Reading Time:  4 days Rating: 8 Little Fires Everywhere succeeded in transporting me straight to Shaker Heights and bang into Ohio in the nineties. Given I was five at the millennium …

PP Wong: Life of a Banana

Title: Life of a Banana Author: PP Wong Press: Legend Press Prizes: Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Fiction Prize Date of Publication: 2014 Date of Purchase: November 2018 RRP: £7.99 Price of Purchase: £7.99 Reading Time: 3 days Rating: 8 This novel was a bit of a departure for me for several reasons. 1. it’s commercial fiction …

Diversity in Publishing with Jazzmine Breary (@jreadsalot) and Frances Mensah Williams (author of From Pasta to Pigfoot)

Chamamanda Adichie’s TED Talk on ‘the danger of the single story’ is incredibly powerful and was an excellent introduction for me into the issue of ethnic diversity in publishing. The point: how important it is for people to read themselves in stories but also the power of publishing to reinforce narratives and the moral imperative …

‘Is Publishing up to the Job?’ @ The Stationers Company

Yesterday evening I attended a panel discussion at The Stationers Company in central London. The building itself was beautiful and the panel consisted of representatives from Pluto Press, The New Statesman and Bloomsbury Publishing. All speakers left leaning and all taking a positive attitude to the current political climate. In particular they were keen to …