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Review: Hot Milk – Deborah Levy

It was the cover that drew me in; it often is when it comes to books. I was on a 3 week trip back to London, and under strict self-imposed instructions not to buy any books. Having travelled with hand luggage only, I already had three to take back to Bali and suffice it to […]

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The Bali Edit: On Bidding Goodbye to Paradise

Today is my last in Bali after just shy of three months here. I fly to Hawaii in tomorrow’s early hours for a friend’s wedding before finally returning to Bondi, having left in March – though it feels like a lifetime has passed. This morning the weather matched my melancholy mood; after saying a gut-wrenching goodbye to […]

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Review: First Love – Gwendoline Riley

It was a rather last-minute decision to fly back to the UK from Indonesia; heavily influenced by my invite to the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction winner’s announcement in June. Soon after RSVP-ing, however, I realised that I was yet to read any of the shortlisted titles, and so, while in transit in Malaysia en […]

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Review: The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

I suppose one of the advantages of not being able to pick and chose what you read; of not having overstocked shelves bursting at the seams with books, nor a pile of unread releases waiting to be opened, is that it forces you out of your comfort zone. Much like when I read my way […]

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Review: The Painted Ocean – Gabriel Packard

I was recommended Gabriel Packard’s debut The Painted Ocean by Jayne from Girl Tweets World shortly after reading A Little Life, so it’s been on my radar for a while. Prior to a quick trip to Singapore I was almost entirely out of books, and understandably thrilled when my friend Emma – who I met for brunch […]

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Four Books to Read for Mental Health Awareness Week

  This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. Co-ordinated by the Mental Health Foundation, people are encouraged – both across the UK and the world over – to discuss and explore the topic of mental well-being. A cause very close to my heart, I ran the London Marathon in 2014 to raise money for mental health charity […]

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The Bali Edit: A Cancelled Visa & a Lesson in Stillness

I knew it was coming; it was simply a matter of time. Ever since I walked out of my job at the end of January I’ve been in a state of flux, unable to work; not yet in a position to apply for defacto with my boyfriend – on a sponsored visa; yet one that was […]

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The Bali Edit: A Spiritual Awakening in Ubud

  It’s impossible to go untouched by the magic of Bali. Particularly in Ubud; its very core is a spiritual one. The scented streets, the daily offerings, the jungle greens that surround this space; the endless rice paddies, the hazy sun rises – the sunsets that swamp the town in an effervescent glow. A mecca […]

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Review: The Vegetarian – Han Kang

I read The Vegetarian in a single sitting on a rare overcast morning in Bali. The skies outside were grey and looming, and the rain was loud against my window pane; a fitting backdrop to a dark and disturbing tale that won the 2016 Man Booker Prize. Set in modern-day Seoul, The Vegetarian was written […]

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Review: The Monk who Sold His Ferrari – Robin Sharma

I don’t think there’s ever been an occasion during my entire reading history that I’ve ever read a book that I wish I’d read ten years prior. Sure, there have been many, many books that I have loved; that I have reread with glee; that I have bought – somewhat pointless – multiple copies of, […]

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