The lack of black authors included on English curriculum reading lists, how it is depriving us of a tool to educate children on black history and how it highlights the clear remnants of systematic racism.

Some of my favourite writers are black, yet I discovered them because I did extra reading and research, the curriculum is missing some ground-breaking historical works by black authors e.g. Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Alice Walker and in more recent years, Malorie Blackman. And incorporating works that were actually used alongside music and public protests to create social change in the 60’s is never not going to be important, inspiring and informative, so why don’t we include more of them?

Quotes from ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ that really stood out and impacted me.

By Mollie Campbell. It is ironic that Nine Perfect Strangers is about cleansing the body and reaching enlightenment, because at the end of this book I felt such a strong sense of clarity it was as if I had been on this transformative retreat, only without the psychotic twist and borderline torture…! Despite some faults,Continue reading “Quotes from ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ that really stood out and impacted me.”

‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ – book review.

By Mollie Campbell. Contains Spoilers Book: Nine Perfect Strangers Author: Liane Moriarty Genre: Mystery, Crime, Thriller Rating: 9 ½ out of 10.   Nine Perfect Strangers, where do I begin? As a fan of Liane Moriarty’s ‘Big Little Lies’, I was immediately attracted to this book. Whilst the blurb was short and concise, I wasContinue reading “‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ – book review.”

My favourite quotes from ‘Turning for Home’.

By Mollie Campbell. “People tried to make out what was happening, but there was a shore they couldn’t venture beyond. So they watched from the strandline and tried to imagine how cold the water must be. Then shouted out from time to time that I really should eat, I really should lift myself up outContinue reading “My favourite quotes from ‘Turning for Home’.”

‘Turning for Home’ – book review.

Author: Barney Norris Genre:  Contemporary fiction, family, loss Rating: 7/10 “Things rise up and claim you, and mark you for greatness or mark you for tragedy, and the route of your life is mapped by forces entirely beyond you”. Turning for Home is written in the format of two different perspectives, with each chapter belongingContinue reading “‘Turning for Home’ – book review.”