Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Non-Spoiler Review

Before I can say anything about the content of this book, just look at how gorgeous it is! I know the old saying, “never judge a book by its cover”, but I have been making a conscious effort to be more aware of book design this year and this is the perfect example of how design can really push a book ahead. Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint. My current reads are turning into a five/four-star streak but this, the one which started it, has stayed with me far beyond the final page.

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8 1/2 Stone by Liz Jones: ⭐️⭐️Review [Blog Tour]

If I see a book written by the former editor-in-chief of Marie Claire and compared to Helen Feilding’s Bridget Jones series, of course, I am going to be intrigued. However, as you can likely gauge from the title the subject matter is incredibly sensitive and the book speaks directly on several aspects of how we perceive ourselves, and our current difficulties, and relationships in relation to body shape. Therefore, this book is very difficult to review but I’m going to give it my best shot.

All views below are, as usual, entirely my own and I am taking the content of this book at face value to the level of the words on the page. There is an author’s note at the end of the book detailing Liz Jones’ own experiences with eating disorders and her journey to writing this book, however, please be aware I did not read it prior to reading the main narrative or writing this review. Alongside my own rating I have also included a five-star review and one-star review at the end to give any prospective readers multiple perspectives and a range of information.

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The Prince of Egypt (Dominion Theatre): ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review

So many people, including myself, have been waiting for this production to happen for years. It is finally here! I am a lover of animated films, particularly hand-drawn animation, and The Prince of Egypt was a significant contributor to this alongside Disney and a couple of Fox films. Little did I know when I first watched it as a child, however, that the gorgeous score accompanying the awesome animation was written by none other than Stephen Schwartz, also known as the composer of a little-known show called Wicked. When I heard that this production was finally getting off the ground with the continued contribution of Schwartz, and after hearing ‘Footprints on the Sand’, I knew this show could not be missed.

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Mortmain Hall by Martin Edwards: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Non-Spoiler Review [Blog Tour]

It’s already time for my second blog tour! I was so happy to see this review request in my inbox, and that was from the summary alone. Mortmain Hall promised a classic whodunit puzzle set in 1930, the Golden Age of gothic mystery and chilling murder. Plus, look at that gorgeous cover! There is just no way I could resist being part of this awesome blog tour to celebrate the publication of Mortmain Hall.

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After Dark by Dominic Nolan: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Non-Spoiler Review [Blog Tour]

I’m so excited to be posting this review! Today is my stop on the After Dark blog tour and my first ever contribution to a blog tour. Headline have organised this blog tour to celebrate the release of Dominic Nolan’s second novel, and the latest appearance of D.S. Abigail Boone, After Dark following Past Life published in 2019.

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