Battle Ready: Eliminate Doubt, Embrace Courage, Transform Your Life

Amy Aed on a well-rounded, illustrative and engaging guide to overcoming personal demons

PUBLISHED ON: 03/05/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

Battle Ready by Ollie Ollerton is as much a storytelling piece as it is a blueprint to overcoming those little demons that we all have within us, that …

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The Earth, Thy Great Exchequer, Ready Lies

This daring, assured debut, from a 2019’s BBC National Short Story awards winner, captures something tragicomic about the twenty-first century by having a hand – a quill, a biro – in each genre, writes Chris Moss

PUBLISHED ON: 03/05/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

This first story in this debut collection of nine, ‘My Bonny’, begins with a paragraph-length sentence that contains two em dashes, two sets of parent …

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A Revolutionary Calendar

Chris Moss delights in a poem sequence on ritual, rupture, crisis and cycle, based on the French Republican Calendar of ‘natural’ months (weeds, worts and all)

PUBLISHED ON: 03/05/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

Revolution is a wonderfully ambivalent word. It evokes circular motion, as well as the revolts that occasionally jolt linear time. Rituals and rupture …

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Dare to Do: Taking on the Planet by Bike and Boat

Amy Aed takes a fast-paced global journey, with record-breaking adventurer Sarah Outen, which doesn’t shy away from mental distress

PUBLISHED ON: 03/05/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

Dare to Do is a fast-paced, engaging travel memoir by rower and adventurer,Sarah Outen, following her journey as she cycles, kayaks and rows across Eu …

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Where There’s a Will: Hope, Grief and Endurance in a Cycle Race Across a Continent

Amy Aed on the raw, personal story of Emily Chappell: Welsh writer, adventurer, and cyclist

PUBLISHED ON: 03/05/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

Chappell began her story as a cycle courier in London, a career which allowed her to fully engulf herself in the sport, day in, day out. Enjoying the …

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The English Heretic Collection: Ritual Histories, Magickal Geography

Chris Moss on an alternative history, not bound by modern borders, which flits from literary criticism, film review, historical anecdote and news item to wild allusiveness, by an aspiring wizard, acolyte or someone who is just having a lot of fun with his material

PUBLISHED ON: 03/05/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

Andy Sharp is a writer of alternative history. His English Heretic project encompasses written works, walks, photographs and musical compositions. The …

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Skomer Island: Its History and Natural History

Too close to Wales to be a miniature Galapagos, this island is nevertheless the most important place for wildlife in the country. Chris Moss concludes that this book is a truly comprehensive picture of this tiny spot on the map

PUBLISHED ON: 25/04/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

A botanist visiting Skomer in the early twentieth century described it as a ‘bird slum’. Certainly, the tiny lump of volcanic rock off the Pembrokeshi …

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Your Still Beating Heart

Alex Diggins admires a tale which takes its icy female protagonist on a leap from tourist to ingénue criminal, travelling through grim fairytale landscapes

PUBLISHED ON: 01/04/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

Criminality proves just the tonic for grief in Tyler Keevil’s impressive thriller Your Still Beating Heart. In its opening pages, the heroine, Eira, l …

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The Sheriff of Geneva

Alex Diggins wants to gorge on this darkly delicious crime caper set in the fast world of gourmet burgers and Venezuelan gold, but finds that the saucepans ultimately run dry

PUBLISHED ON: 23/02/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

Yes, Chef! The spitting tension and steamy press of a professional kitchen is fertile creative ground. Hard-boozing, hard-bonking and filthy-mouthed – …

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The City Beneath: A Century of Los Angeles Graffiti

Ian Cutler on a reverse travelogue/social archaeological survey of Los Angeles’ marginalised visitors and inhabitants, from hobos to taggers

PUBLISHED ON: 23/02/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

  The text and prolific illustrations that make up The City Beneath provides a hundred-year cultural history of Los Angeles and its environs, fro …

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