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Review: The Bells of Old Tokyo by Anna Sherman

The Bells of Old Tokyo by Anna Sherman A lot of us who devour media like things to be put in brackets: as a music-lover, I need to know what sub-genre of heavy metal an album comfortably sits in before I hear it. But life doesn’t exist in as vacuum, or a series of vacuums. And so, it is very possible – refreshingly, exhilaratingly, possible – for a great book to...

Travelling with Anxiety and Depression: Our Story

The world is changing, and conversations around both travel and mental health are changing with it. In the West, openness about depression and anxiety is ever-increasing for women and men – right now, 3.4% of the world’s population have been diagnosed with depression, but that number is likely to rise as more and more of us are willing to discuss our mental health...

Seven Books on Mental Health

Mental Health: 7 Books that May Help

Mental health is very much a catch-all term in the same way that physical health is. Just as physical health issues range from cramps to cancer, mental health issues range from sorrow to schizophrenia. We all feel; we all have mental health, and so we all get mental health issues to some degree or another. Therefore, finding ways to cope with mental health is vital...

Sleepless Night by Margriet de Moor

Review: Sleepless Night by Margriet de Moor

Sleepless Night, written by Margriet de Moor | Translated from the Dutch by David Doherty “The night is at its coldest now. I do not need a clock to tell me how deep the darkness is. I can hear it in the cold.” We are often told the right ways to love and be loved: what our expectations of love should be and how we ourselves should behave in love. We can predict a...

Review: A Devil Comes to Town by Paulo Maurensig

A Devil Comes to Town written by Paulo Maurensig | Translated from the Italian by Anne Milano Appel “Each time we pick up a pen, we are preparing a ritual for which two candles should always be lit: one white and one black.” As a reader, I’ve been harbouring an impatient lust for some quality contemporary writing which captures the gothic legacy of Mary Shelley...

chineasy language learning

4 Ways to Start Learning A New Language from Home

Easy Steps to Start Learning a Language From Home Learning a new language is equal parts exciting and daunting. Exciting because it gives us access to new cultures, makes travelling more fun and less stressful, and it exercises our brains better than pretty much anything else. And daunting because it’s time-consuming, stressful, and can cost a lot of money. The best...

Mia Couto Woman of the Ashes

Review: Woman of the Ashes by Mia Couto

Written by Mia Couto | Translated from the Portuguese by David Brookshaw “The difference between war and peace is as follows: in war, the poor are the first to be killed; in peace, the poor are the first to die. For us women, there’s another difference too: in war, we get raped by those we do not know.” This riveting novel, more than any other I’ve read in recent...

office of gardens and ponds

Review: The Office of Gardens and Ponds by Didier Decoin

Written by Didier Decoin | Translated from the French by Euan Cameron ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ is a metaphor. It’s about humanity; it’s not really about books. This is important because we do judge books by their cover art, and their titles, and their fonts. The Office of Gardens and Ponds has the most beautiful cover I’ve ever seen. It speaks to my...

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Review: Ponti by Sharlene Teo – A Look at Real, Raw, Uncomfortable Life

Through Ponti, we learn that one universal truth about love – paternal, romantic, platonic – is that it doesn’t ebb and flow. It falters, judders, gets lost and thrown out. It gets exposed and embarrassed, like a child. It is bled dry and shrivelled like fruit. We also learn that people can be a bit shit, and still feel love and still deserve love. And What is Love...