Review: Naughty Boy, Eddy Brimson

In 2019 author and comedian Eddy Brimson’s play Naughty Boy made its debut at the Edinburgh Festival. Now almost two years later, Brimson has released a novella of the same name, an extended version of his critically-acclaimed play.  Naughty Boy focuses on Joe, who tells his story from the canteen of a mental health unit.... Continue Reading →

Review: The Last Goodbye, Fiona Lucas

It’s been almost three years since Anna’s husband Spencer died in a tragic accident and she’s still finding it difficult to come to terms with his death and move on with her life. After a particularly disastrous New Year’s Eve she dials Spencer’s old phone number just to hear his voicemail but to her surprise... Continue Reading →

Review: The Crow Folk, by Mark Stay

A compelling tale of witchcraft, demons and um…bellringing, The Crow Folk is the latest novel from author Mark Stay and the first in The Witches of Woodville series. Set in 1940s rural Kent, The Crow Folk tells the story of 17 year old Faye Bright who lives with her father following Her mother's death when... Continue Reading →

Review: Cheer the F**k Up, Jack Rooke

Writer, comedian and campaigner Jack Rooke has certainly made a name for himself in recent years, what with his hit Edinburgh shows, Good Grief and Happy Hour, and BBC 3 television series Happy Man, which have focused on grief and mental health. And now Rooke brings his experiences to the literary world with his new... Continue Reading →

Review: The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

The latest novel by Stacey Lee, The Downstairs Girl is set in Atlanta in 1890. Jo is a seventeen-year-old Chinese American girl living with her guardian Old Gin in an abandoned abolitionists’ hideaway beneath a print shop. When Jo loses her job in a hat shop, she’s forced to work for her previous employer, for... Continue Reading →

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