When I was asked to be part of the blog tour for Lisa Ko’s The Leavers, I typed a ‘yes’ email back as quickly as possible. I had been hearing incredible things about this book for a while, especially from the US where the book has already been out for a while. On this side of the pond the book is out on Thursday the 26th of April, and in the run up to the release below is my review and mini interview with Lisa!

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Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong – and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini

Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong – and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini

Science has got a lot wrong about the female sex over the years. This is often because those conducting the research are more biased than I am. While this isn’t actually all the surprising – you can’t help but extrapolate your experiences and your knowledge onto the data you are working with – the sheer volume of biased research which is held to be correct is astounding. In Inferior Angela Saini explores, deconstructs, and explains how so much misguided research has been used to write ‘truths’ about women.

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The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green

The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green

Whether you are a new reader to my blog or an old follower – hello! I love reading and for most of my adult reading life crime has been my genre of choice. Recently though that has started to change and I am picking up books more about people than dead bodies and drunk detectives, and even though at points the lack of a dead body is jarring (counter intuitive, I know) I am starting to fall for slower books – books which take things luxuriously. Books which have twists and emotions and made my heart ache.

The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green is one of those books. It’s about five women and a book club. It’s about Australia and the late 1970s. It’s about love and friendship.

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I am the child of immigrants. This shaped me and two things which my parents passed down – one unconsciously and one consciously – are:

  1. That the class system is for other people and literally means nothing.
  2. That education is your ticket to freedom.

Education was how I would make my life, gain my independence, and secure my future. It is what would expand my mind, introduce me to views which matched my own, introduce me to view which wouldn’t, and introduce me to views I hadn’t even thought of. However my life and upbringing never meant that I had to fight to get an education, like Tara Westover. She fought tooth and nail to expand her mind and Educated is the story of how she achieved that.

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Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton

Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton

This is one of the books I was so excited about reading in 2018. To be honest, I don’t know why – until I heard about it, I didn’t know who Dolly Alderton was; I didn’t know she was a journalist, I didn’t listen to her podcast, and I didn’t follow her on social media. But there was something about the subject matter and definitely something about the cover which made me want to get it as soon as possible.  (And it is such a beautiful cover isn’t it?)

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