Tag Archives: Literature

Getting to ‘carefree’ – it takes work

Our Holy Solange - Carefree Black Girl patron saint

Earlier this year, I was talking with a friend who is a writer about something she was working on, something which is a labour of real and deep love. You don’t need to know anything at this point other than its lead is a black girl and as always, I am here for black girls, […]

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Unsolicited Book Report: Rowell and Jones

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Let me tell you about a couple of books I read recently. The first was Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell. She’s an author very new to me, though she’s been plugging away for a while now. I read another book of hers, Eleanor and Park, after seeing a couple of lovestruck tweets about it. It’s a […]

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Nostalgia, Recognition and Americanah


Last Thursday night I finished Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah. If you follow me on Twitter, you would have seen an outpouring of emotion of the most sickening sort; a kind of fawning that one can only ever get away with once or twice a year, max. If I have only two opportunities to do this […]

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Pulphead aka ‘Sir, do you have a permit for your excellence?’


I am currently reading Pulphead, a collection of essays and magazine journalism from the pen of John Jeremiah Sullivan. I’m about halfway through, and I have already come to an awful realisation: I must never meet Mr Sullivan. If I do, I will probably babble, try and kiss his hands and maybe cry a little. […]

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Girls In White Dresses (or a quick note on many of the post-college/uni novels I have read)

I just finished Girls In White Dresses. It could easily have been called ‘White Girls In White Dresses’ or even ‘Lena Dunham’s White Girls’ or ‘HBO’s White Girls In Dresses’… I think you get the point here.

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The First Kiss

This weekend, I came to a stunning realisation: I’ve watched You’ve Got Mail many more times than I’ve seen When Harry Met Sally. Man, I even saw it box fresh at the Stratford Picturehouse back in 1998. What can I say – I used to have a disposable income unattacked by council tax and the […]

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Kids’ Characters All Grown Up

I’ve been reading Bridge to Terabithia, as sent to me in the mail by my friend A (she of the glorious coconut cupcake recipe). She loves the lead character Jesse, you see. Here’s a little piece I wrote back in April about our favourite children’s characters all grown up. Unfortunately, it was spiked (it was […]

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Introducing… The YGD Book Club!

Hello, everyone! Do you like books? Do you enjoy licking your finger to turn the pages and smelling the paper and breaking the spine? Do you skip to the end or do you like to savour every word, perhaps a little notebook by your side so you can take notes? Do you like to talk […]

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Talk About Targeted Reading…

Last weekend, I went walking through my neighbourhood. En route to the library, I walked past the man who sells secondhand books outside the Hackney Empire. I gave him and his wares a vague friendly smile and carried on walking, until my eyes alighted on one book in particular. Behold: It was £1. Clearly, I […]

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The Young Chieftain: A Review

A few months ago, I was sent a proof copy of The Young Chieftain by the lovely people at Tamarind Books. I’ve been a fan of the multicultural publishing house for a number of years, ever since what I like to call, rather grandly, My Bookseller Years. That’s right readers, a few years ago, I […]

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Sloane Crosley: Love At First Reading

One of the joys of living in London is that I get to indulge my inner media wanker on a pretty regular basis. She enjoys going to the theatre before loudly and (probably) obnoxiously recounting how good/bad/avant-garde* the staging/lighting/re-interpretation of the text* was. Sometimes, she attends concerts in cramped/poorly ventilated/extremely grand* venues and then pontificates […]

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How Does Your Bookshelf Stack Up/Break Down?

I recently finished Stranger In A Strange Land, a collection of Gary Younge’s journalism in his role as the Guardian‘s New York correspondent; I can’t recommend it highly enough. Each piece is perfectly pitched – he’s a very fluent writer, and his convictions bleed through everything he writes. I love the way he writes; his […]

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