Wild by Cheryl Strayed

I remember my first introduction to the work of Cheryl Strayed. It was in Florida, 2018, when she spoke at my company’s annual retreat. I was struck by the questions and emotions that her work conjured. I saw my colleagues open up about their experiences of love and loss in a way I hadn’t expected.…More

The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

It only took a few pages for me to fall in love with Subhi, an innocent, wildly imaginative, 10-year old refugee. Subhi was born in a permanent detention centre in Australia. We quickly learn that his spirit cannot be confined, as the Night Sea delivers gifts from his Father, while the faraway whales sing out…More

The Binding by Bridget Collins

With The Binding, Collins conjures up a world that’s somewhat reminiscent of a 19th century England, with a twist. In this world, people’s deepest, darkest memories can be found written in the pages of books. It is the book binders who free people of their unwanted memories and transfer them, making both binders and books…More

A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

I read A Field Guide to Getting Lost while travelling in Ecuador, and it really is a perfect book to gift solo-travelling or heart-broken loved ones. Solnit maps together lessons in loss from history, art, literature, nature, and her own life. She takes us on a journey to the colour blue, to Alfred Hitchcocks’ Vertigo,…More

The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher

The Clockwork Crow would have captured my heart as a child, it’s the type of book that led me to fall in love with reading. It’s full of humour, magic, and mystery, with Catherine Fisher beautifully weaving Welsh mythology into the gothic Victorian setting. Seren, a spirited young orphan, journeys to a remote manor in Wales…More

Never Greener by Ruth Jones

I’m a big fan of Ruth Jones’ acting as well as the wonderful characters she’s created in her writing work for television. “Gavin and Stacey” holds a special place in my heart for putting Barry, my hometown, on the map for many across the UK. So, it was with great excitement that I picked up…More