Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Dec 17th, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 5 min read

I think it’s safe to say that I’ve struggled writing this review. I finished reading Natasha Ngan’s Girls of Paper and Fire last month, and I’ve sat down numerous times since desperately tyring to get my thoughts about it in some coherent order. To no avail, until now. It’s not that I didn’t like the book – let me get that clear first of all – but...

Interviewing a Writer: Jessica Leake

Sep 3rd, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 13 min read

Earlier this year, I discovered a new YA fantasy novel: Beyond A Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake. Despite the fact that it was 450 pages, I finished it within two days. To say I struggled to put it down is an understatement. I was in love from the very second I opened it and as I turned the last page, I found myself going into instant withdrawal,...

Igniting Change with Grace and Fury

Aug 27th, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 5 min read

Back in June, while I was running from one film screening to another at the Edinburgh Film Festival, a package was waiting patiently for me to return to London. Unfortunately, my own patience was non-existent and as soon as I realised that the month’s FairyLoot box had arrived, I texted my reading buddies and asked what the month’s book was. There hadn’t been a single...

No-One Can Bend It Like Beckham… Except Menon. Maybe.

Aug 6th, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 6 min read

I was ten-years-old when Gurinder Chadha’s Bend It Like Beckham was released. It fast became one of my guilty pleasures. I didn’t think it was a masterpiece at all – the acting wasn’t great, the characters were annoying and the plot was clichéd – but Chadha had made a movie with cultural aspects I understood, recognised and, in a small way, related to. My immediate family are far from stereotypical. My Dad...