“The Girls”, by Emma Cline

This is undoubtedly a well written and mesmerising story from the first adjective heavy page. It is a cultural revolution across pages.

The style is poetic and on occasions difficult to navigate but once you are absorbed by Evie Boyd’s story you quickly fall for the narrative. Without wanting to give much of the plot away (because you really should go and read this one, highly recommended)… there is simultaneous stories one in the past and the other in the present as well as Evie’s moral compass throwing it’s own spin to the plot. The combination is intertwined to perfection and the chaos of sex, drugs and California in the 1960s transports you to another world. The basis of the book is centred around the Manson cult and the murders that ensued. The plot really gets you to think about timing and “what ifs…”

I would love to see this plot turned into a film. Fingers crossed and I will be looking out for Cline’s next book.

LLM

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The Last Act of Love

I am away on holiday at the moment and have been a bit absent from my blog easily slipping into the Caribbean island life and not wanting to turn on my laptop. Before, leaving Gatwick I armed myself with a lot of books, possibly too many to get through but it’s a challenge I will happily take on. I always like to try a variety of authors; those I love and also newbies. I have not read anything by Cathy Rentzenbrink before.

This short book was easy to read but as an aside it was emotionally stimulating and thought provoking. You really feel like you are reading a personal memoir and dipping into a very private moment. There is a lot packed into the pages delving into the unsaid and raw emotions following the author’s tragic revelation that her brother, Matty had been involved in a car crash. Her memories are not full of misery and instead the book is very revealing on numerous levels- familial relationships, love, work and more.

LLM

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child pts 1 & 2

Begged and borrowed a copy off my colleague as soon as she had finished the last page! Immediately, it is very different reading it in play script format. BUT- please do not be put off it is really good and I am looking forward to seeing how the text transforms on to stage. I love theatre special effects and I cannot wait to see how this magical script is brought to life.

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Ps. already booked parts one and two for next year. Yeah that’s right I’m dead sirius! Nothing ‘Ron with a little forward planning.

LLM

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The Chimp Paradox

This book was recommended to me by an ex-boyfriend’s best friend (after he saw us probably niggling away at one another). His friend had a strong interest in psychology whereas it had never really been a subject of interest for me. I think he was a bit ahead of the curve because since I have been recommended The Chimp Paradox several times, now having read it twice over and passed it on. The mind management model comes down to Dr Steve Peters belief that the brain has three components; the Human, the Chimp and the computer.  The key message is how to manage the Chimp and stop this from taking over. He has used this model to help elite athletes and senior managers alike conquer their fears and work/live with greater control, focus and confidence.

Highly encourage anyone to read this.

LLM

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