Top 10 Films of 2020

It’s been a weird year for everyone, and film included. I’m itching to get back to the cinema, one of my most happy places. Luckily, I did get to attend the film festival and I’ve managed to fill many gaps through the wonders of streaming services. So here’s the list. Spoiler free! 10. Shirley In […]

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No Man’s Land

Ben Magid’s sci-fi (and, as I’d categorise it, YA) novel is a page turner, for sure. The first of a series, it follows a strong female lead in a world populated by robots aka “Mech”. Highly enjoyable, I will definitely continue to read the series, even if there were a few cringe language choices. The […]

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six films at the lff 2020

This year was a very different London Film Festival. Mostly taking place online, I managed to catch six films, three at the BFI and three digitally. Here’s my take on each. I’ve arranged them in the order I saw them, Honeymood Directed by Talya Lavie, this Isreali rom-com follows two newly-weds as they try and […]

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The HUngry Ghost

A beautiful fantasy book for both children and adults, The Hungry Ghost is a story of family, friendship, love and death, but overall (for me) of memory. The Plot in a Nutshell Freja has come to stay with her father for a year while her mother “gets well” in her home country of Denmark. Her […]

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Atomic Love

Jennie Fields’ spy thriller romance surprised me with how beautifully it’s written. It’s more than a historical fiction, it’s a drama with grit and emotion. The Plot in a Nutshell It’s 1950 and Rosalind (Roz) is still haunted by her part in the Manhattan Project, as a scientist who helped to develop the bombs dropped […]

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Ema

I usually quite enjoy confusing films, but this Chilean drama wasn’t a twisty-turning thrill, it was a series of events that didn’t quite fit together. Saying that, it had some redeeming qualities, and there were many enjoyable moments. The Plot in a Nutshell Ema is a young dancer and is in the process of leaving […]

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afterland

Lauren Beukes’ Afterland tells an eerily real post-pandemic tale of a mother, son and sister trying to live in a world without men. It’s beautiful and scary and an absolute must-read. Especially now. The Plot in a Nutshell A virus has killed 99% of all men. Including Cole’s husband (Miles’ father). When it is discovered […]

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Tenet (No Spoilers)

Christopher Nolan’s Tenet show’s how he is not only a master of suspense, but also a genius of modern science fiction. This spy-thriller-twisty-turny story will probably end up as my favourite of the year, and not just because the cinemas have been shut. The Plot in a Nutshell The Protagonist (John David Washington) has to […]

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The Honey and the sting

Femantle subverts all your expectations in this mysterious historical fiction. The Plot The Honey and the Sting is told from three perspecitves: Hester, Hope and Felton. The year is 1628. Hester is a young mother who lives with her son, Rafe and her two sisters: Hope and Melis. Rafe’s father is George, a duke who […]

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Paper dolls

Although Lisa Bradley’s thriller got off to a slow start, half way through it picked up to a truly astonishing pace and the novel takes unexpected turn after unexpected turn. You think you know what’s going on? Think again. The Plot In a Nutshell Leah’s been not working for a while now, ever since she […]

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