Negroland by Margo Jefferson

Reviewed by Victoria ‘I think it’s too easy to recount unhappy memories when you write about race,’ writes Margot Jefferson, as a refrain repeated several times across the course of her memoir. ‘You bask in your own innocence. You revere your grief. You arrange your angers at their most becoming …

NON-FICTION

Welcome to the non-fiction section of Shiny 11.  As always we are covering quite a wide range of themes and topics, though a couple of categories pop up more than once. One such is psychology, into which come three books: Polly Morland, Metamorphosis: Why and How We Change Charles Fernyhough, The …

The Voices Within by Charles Fernyhough

Reviewed by Anne Goodwin ‘Yeah, I put that in, surely!’ I laughed when I heard myself saying this the other morning as I stowed my bags in the boot of the car. Not because the utterance itself was funny, but that, until I heard the words, I hadn’t realised I’d …

Tide by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

Reviewed by Terence Jagger I live close to the tidal Thames, and often walk by the sea – and have never quite understood the tides. Yes, I was taught at school that the moon pulled the water up with gravity, but never really grasped why the high tide should not …

The Long Weekend by Adrian Tinniswood

Reviewed by Harriet This gorgeous book is subtitled ‘Life in the English Country House Between the Wars’, and certainly that is part of its subject. But it’s a book with a much larger scope that that phrase implies. Adrian Tinniswood is a distinguished researcher and academic in the fields of …

Penguin Modern Poets – Books 1 and 2

Reviewed by Karen Langley As you might well have gathered from my piece in the Bookbuzz section, Penguin has relaunched their iconic Modern Poets series; the first collections is now available, with the second to follow soon,  and they make stimulating reading. Volume One, entitled ‘If I’m Afraid We Can’t …

Polska by Zuza Zak

Reviewed by Hayley Anderton It’s no secret that I have a weakness for cookbooks, I love them, love the way that they give me a window into other worlds of flavour, and other lives. If I had more space I’d have lots more of them, but I don’t so each …

Non-Fiction (issue 11)

Welcome to the non-fiction section of Shiny 11.  As always we are covering quite a wide range of themes and topics, though a couple of categories pop up more than once. One such is psychology, into which come three books: Polly Morland, Metamorphosis: Why and How We Change Charles Ferneyhough, The …