One of the plagues in our world is that women are given a shelf life. Everyone normally skirts around it, but we’re earmarked like a sack of potatoes with use-by dates seared across our forehead. Usually, that use-by-date is the age of 30. As we get older, girls and women are under constant pressure to… Continue reading Married by 30? That’s an age-old notion.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the latest Netflix sensation ‘13 Reasons Why’, a story centred around teenager Hannah Baker who reveals the reasons she committed suicide through a series of tapes sent to her peers from school following her death. The show has been widely criticised for its graphic… Continue reading In defence of ’13 Reasons Why’
How would you piece together a murder? Do you trust other people’s memories? Do you trust your own? Should you? Princeton, 1987: renowned psychologist Professor Joseph Weider is brutally murdered. New York, twenty-five years later: literary agent Peter Katz receives a manuscript. Or is it a confession? Today: unearth the secrets of The Book of… Continue reading Book review: ‘The Book of Mirrors’ by E.O Chirovici
Alice has a perfect life – a cool job, great kids, a wonderful husband. Until he goes missing one night; the phone rings and then goes dead; things don’t quite add up. Alice needs to know what’s going on. But when she uncovers the truth she faces a brutal choice. And how can she be… Continue reading Book review: ‘What Alice Knew’ by T.A Cotterell
Its been a long time since I watched a movie that broke my heart. Bollywood movies in particular often fail to make me emotional because of their formulaic story lines, stock characters and their inability to depict a world that one can truly relate to. Hindi cinema rarely moves away from the norm: romantic or flawed heroes saving the… Continue reading We need to let movies like ‘Udta Punjab’ fly
'I can't take my eyes off the water. Can you?' It's summer when Elm Hill lido opens, having stood empty for years. For Natalie Steele - wife, mother, teacher - it offers freedom from the tightly controlled routines of work and family. Especially when it leads her to Lara Channing, a charismatic former actress with… Continue reading Book review: ‘The Swimming Pool’ by Louise Candlish
Last week saw a major Hollywood split come to everyone's attention when it was revealed that actress Amber Heard had filed for divorce from husband and actor Johnny Depp. And just as everyone digested this news, pictures of a bruised Heard emerged amid claims that Depp had physically, verbally and emotionally abused her throughout their… Continue reading Like so many women who experience domestic violence, Amber Heard’s voice will be continually silenced