The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead 

My standout thoughts during and after reading The Underground Railroad were around the treatment of humans (and all organisms). I almost assumed that Cora would get used to her poor-quality of life – that she would perhaps surrender to it – but you can’t turn people into robots or take the human part out of them. No matter how much you abuse someone, they still feel the pain, and they feel it deeply. Even if you expect to be assaulted, your body can’t prepare itself in the same way that you brain can, and even your brain can’t prepare itself fully. This book doesn’t romanticise a thing but it draws you in and reminds you of the cruelty and horror of that time just when you were getting too snuggly with the characters. 

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens  

Book Club Review (No Spoilers)  This story is set in the 50s-70s in North Carolina. It follows the life of Kya, a girl who grows up alone in a marsh and develops an exceptional interest in the animals and plants that make up her home. It is a coming-of-age / murder mystery story. If you’ve … Continue reading Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens  

Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron – Book Club 

A Book Review (No Spoilers)  It’s 200 years post-Cinderella and Prince Charming. Teenage girls are now expected to attend an annual Royal ball where men will choose their wife based on the girl’s finery. If you are not chosen, then you ‘disappear’. The story follows Black teenage girl Sophia, who would rather marry her best … Continue reading Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron – Book Club 

Diversity and Inclusion Book Recommendations

A Pair of Book Reviews It’s Not About the Burqa Edited by Mariam Khan A Book Review My number one takeaway from this book was, ‘I have no right to enforce my opinion, based on speculation, onto a group of people who I don’t identify as’. In a world full of misrepresentation and mis- or … Continue reading Diversity and Inclusion Book Recommendations

Anything is Possible by Gareth Southgate 

This book is divided into three sections: Be Brave, Be Kind and Follow Your Dreams.  The biggest takeaway from this book for me was that you can be both a leader and a good person. Gareth is clearly so values-driven and prides himself on his respect for his team members – you don’t have to … Continue reading Anything is Possible by Gareth Southgate 

How Class and Identity are Unexpectedly Linked

A Class Act by Rob Beckett A Book Review A Class Act draws heavily from Rob Beckett’s experiences but is not an autobiography as such. The book is an exploration of class and how this corresponds to identity. Rob grew up in a working-class family but, through his successful career and income, his middle-class wife, … Continue reading How Class and Identity are Unexpectedly Linked