all the things she said; a review

All the things she said: Everything I Know About Modern Lesbian and Bi Culture by Daisy Jones

Publisher: Coronet ¦ Hodder & Stoughton

Publication Date: June 3rd, 2021

A modern, personal guide to the culture of queer women and everyone in between. 

All The Things She Said explores the nature of 21st century queerness. Lesbian and bi culture is ever-changing and here, journalist Daisy Jones unpicks outdated stereotypes and shows how, over the past few years, the style and shared language of queer women has slowly infiltrated the mainstream. (Think less hemp sandals, IKEA trips and nut milks and more freedom, expression, community. And Cate Blanchett.)

From the dingy basement clubs of east London to the unchartered realms of TikTok, cutting in DIY mullets and christening Meryl Streep ‘Daddy’, Daisy explores the multifaceted nature of what it means to be lesbian or bi today, while also looking back and celebrating the past. 

The book shines a light on the never-ending process of coming out, what it’s like to date as a queer woman, how physical nightlife spaces have evolved into online communities and the reasons why mental health issues have disproportionately impacted LGBTQ+ people.

As someone immersed in the queer culture of women, Daisy brings both the personal perspective and a journalistic one to this changing landscape. Through interviews and lived experience, a cohesive image emerges: one which shows that being lesbian, bi, or anything in between, isn’t necessarily always tied to gender, sexual practice or even romantic attraction. 

With verve, humour and razor-sharp prose, Daisy paints a vital and insightful modern day portrait of what it means to be a queer woman in 2021.

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play for me; a review

Play For Me by CP White

Would you play to save your life?

LJ is an aspiring musician desperate to get her big break. She is getting nowhere – until a golden opportunity arrives, giving her the chance to turn her fortunes around.

When she accepts the invitation to perform however, LJ quickly realises she has bitten off more than she can chew. Who is in the audience, and what do they really want from her? How do they know so much about her? LJ must give the performance of a lifetime, if she wants to avoid a deadly final curtain call….

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book review; Lucky Bunny

Lucky Bunny, Jill Dawson

This was my first lock down read!

‘Lucky Bunny’ by Jill Dawson.

A little about the book, via goodreads:

The story of vivacious and endearing thief Queenie Dove, a Moll Flanders for World War II Britain. Brilliantly recreating mid-twentieth century London, from the bustling streets to the seamy underworld, from the Depression Era through the Blitz and into the 1950s, Lucky Bunny entangles readers in the adventurous life of a truly captivating anti-heroine, a self-proclaimed genius in the art of survival. Before the Krays, there was Queenie Dove… and readers will never forget her.

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Black Beauty – A (Mini) Review

Title: Black Beauty
Author: Anna Sewell
Publisher: Cathay Books

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A brief synopsis (via Goodreads):

Black Beauty spends his youth in a loving home, surrounded by friends and cared for by his owners. But when circumstances change, he learns that not all humans are so kind. Passed from hand to hand, Black Beauty witnesses love and cruelty, wealth and poverty, friendship and hardship . . . Will the handsome horse ever find a happy and lasting home?

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