Book Review: A Good & Dignified Life: The Political Advice of Hannah Arendt & Rosa Luxemburg by Joke J. Hermsen and translated by Brendan Monaghan

My thanks to Yale University Press and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Tumultuous is perhaps one word we might use to describe the world around us today, and one face of this is the citizens’ protests we are witnessing in numerous countries—West or East, ‘developed’ or ‘developing’. Looking at these protests, against,…

Book Review: The Flying Sikh by Stephen Barker

My thanks to Pen & Sword and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. ‘The Flying Sikh’ is an epithet we in India usually associate with athlete Milkha Singh, who won both Asian Games and Commonwealth golds, but this book is about a different ‘Flying Sikh’, the only Sikh airman to serve in the…

Book Review: Bookmarked: Middlemarch and the Imperfect Life by Pamela Erens

My thanks to Ig Publishing/Ingram Publisher Services and Edelweiss for a review copy of this book. Middlemarch and the Imperfect Life is part of the ‘Bookmarked’ series by Ig Publishing in which various authors reflect on different works of fiction and nonfiction that have impacted and inspired them in different ways. This is the first…

Book Review: Pirate Queens: The Lives of Anne Bonny and Mary Read by Rebecca Alexandra Simon

My thanks to Pen & Sword and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Anne Bonny and Mary Read may not have been the only female pirates who operated in what is known as the Golden Age of Piracy (1650–1730; dates debated), but they were amongst the best known. From inspiring ballads and having…

Book Review: The Infernal World of Branwell Brontë by Daphne du Maurier #DDMReadingWeek

Having read (and enjoyed) a handful of novels by Daphne du Maurier, and last year, one collection of her short stories (here), I was keen to explore some of her non-fiction and so for #DDMReadingWeek hosted by Ali at Heavenali this year, I picked up a book that has on my radar for quite some…

Book Review: Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford #1954Club

When Karen and Simon announced the #1954Club and I looked up options only to be bewildered by the sheer number of appealing titles published in the year, the one title I was absolutely sure I would read was Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford, especially since I’d read and enjoyed her fiction but hadn’t so…

Book Review: A Feminist Theory of Violence: A Decolonial Perspective by Françoise Vergès and translated by Melissa Thackaway

My thanks to Pluto Press and Edelweiss for a review copy of this book. A Feminist Theory of Violence: A Decolonial Perspective is a short book by French political scientist and historian Françoise Vergès, and translated by Melissa Thackaway. The book views the current state of violence in society from a feminist perspective/lens, focusing on…

Book Review: Ageism Unmasked: Exploring Age Bias and How to End It by Tracey Gendron

if ageing is the universal lifelong biological, psychological, social, and spiritual process of developing over time, how can anyone support the antithesis to this? My thanks to Steerforth Press and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. In Ageism Unmasked: Exploring Age Bias and How to End It, author Tracey Gendron demonstrates how deep-seated…

Review: Monkey: Vol 2: edited by Ted Goossen, Motoyuki Shibata, and Meg Taylor

My thanks to Stonebridge Press and Netgalley for a review copy of this magazine. Monkey is a literary magazine that showcases a wide range of Japanese writing translated into English. This, the second volume, edited by Ted Goossen, Motoyuki Shibata, and Meg Taylor focuses on ‘travel’. What I loved about this was its very wide…

Book Review: The Unofficial Guide to the Ancient Egyptian Afterlife by Bastet the Cat, Sophe Berger, and Laura Winstone

My thanks to Cicada Books and Edelweiss for a review copy of this book The Unofficial Guide to the Ancient Egyptian Afterlife is a simple, informative, entertaining and colourful picture book, introducing readers to Ancient Egyptian beliefs regarding death and what followed in terms of rituals and observances. Our ‘guide' is a cat, Bastet—a pharaoh’s…