Blog

The best books of 2018 so far…

Posted by Bijal Shah on

The best books of 2018 so far…

Best Books of 2018 so far Halfway through 2018, here are the bestselling books of the year so far. Some will make you laugh, others cry and some simply change the way you view the world forever. All phenomenally great literary reads, these most certainly are the most deserving of the best books of the year so far. Any others that should be here? Feel free to comment below. Best Literature and Fiction Books of 2018 so far… 1. Circe by Madeline Miller Circe by Madeline Miller Poetic fiction based on the fascinating story of the peculiar daughter of the sun god, Helios....

Read more →

Why Literary Fiction is My Favourite Form of Therapy

Posted by Bijal Shah on

Why Literary Fiction is My Favourite Form of Therapy

When we read a great fiction book — we experience a certain sense of joy, happiness or satisfaction. Beyond reading a great story it is often the striking connection we feel to the characters and the fact that the book resonates with us. All the elements of story telling have hit the right buttons deep within us and released a whole dose of serotonin that allows us to experience a feel-good moment. That feel-good moment comprises a sense of belonging and being part of a greater story, where we momentarily escape from the challenges and hardships of our own life. And the...

Read more →

A Novel Literary Advice Service: introducing Book Therapy

Posted by Book Therapy on

A Novel Literary Advice Service: introducing Book Therapy

Wondering what book to read next? Trying to remember the name of that book recommended to you by a passing acquaintance? Love a particular author and wondering which book of theirs to dive into next? Then Book Therapy would love to hear from you! Our resident book therapist Bijal Shah is here to address your questions and will be publishing a weekly Q&A blog post on the most pressing literary needs starting July 25, 2018. All we need is your questions about what it is that you are looking to read and we will gladly oblige! The weekly Q&A service will offer personalised suggestions...

Read more →

Weekend Reads — 29 June to 6 July 2018

Posted by Bijal Shah on

Weekend Reads — 29 June to 6 July 2018

A delicious selection of book reads for the weekend, especially if you are going to make it a long one with the 4th of July holiday. Enjoy! 1. “All-American Murder: The Rise and Fall of Aaron Hernandez, the Superstar Whose Life Ended on Murderers’ Row” by James Patterson and Alex Abramovich is actually a piece of non-fiction about the young and exceptionally gifted NFL player who murdered his fiancee’s sister’s partner. After being convicted and on a life sentence in prison he committed suicide at the age of 27. Based on court testimony, legal documents and reporting from various key...

Read more →

Literature’s 13 most unusual books

Posted by Bijal Shah on

Literature’s 13 most unusual books

In general, well-known works of fiction compel us to celebrate the creativity of the writer. The books listed here however take creativity to a whole new level, particularly Henry Darger’s eccentric manuscript on the Vivian Girls beautifully analysed and explained in John M Macgregor’s Henry Darger: In the Realms of the Unreal (only a genius or otherwise truly bizarre mind can drum up the content he crafted over decades), Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore with its stupendous world of talking cats, spirits that make love or kill and oedipal fantasies, Margaret Atwood’s disturbing dystopia, Oryx and Crake and Catherine Dunn’s fascinatingly odd Geek Love. Nonetheless these highly imaginative and unique yet strange works...

Read more →