Dickens and Christmas – Lucinda Hawksley

I have read the Christmas Carol, The chimes this year so reading about the author of those iconic stories a must for any fan. The history behind the stories and his life as well the beginning of Christmas as we know of it now is a fascinating insight of life in Victorian England at the time.


The Killing of Aarushi and the Murder of Justice – Rajesh Talwar

I don’t normally read non-fiction but I was asked to review this for an unbiased review.

When it’s not normally something I would read this is excellently written. You feel for the victims that I had not been aware of before. Breaking down the case without prejudice but it soon comes clear how the trail was conducted and the whole case from loss evidence soon becomes clear it was a shambles from start from finish. I have since looked up the murder and years on it doesn’t seem to be a clear verdict.

It also portrays India’s justice system and lack of structure.

Down with Childhood – Paul Rekret

A lot of this I didn’t get to grip with what the author was getting at. Some made sense but a lot of the exploits of children seemed far fetched to me. 

A NetGalley review for an unbiased review.

Sometimes popular music registers our concerns and anxieties more lucidly than we realise. This is evident in the case of an ideal of childhood innocence in rapid decay in recent decades.
So claims Down with Childhood, as it takes in psychedelia’s preoccupation with rebirth and inner-children, the fascination with juvenilia amidst an ebbing UK rave scene and dozens of nursery rhyme hip-hop choruses spawned by a hit Jay-Z tune.
As it examines the often complex sets of meanings to which the occasional presence of children in pop songs attests, the book pauses at Musical Youth’s ‘Pass the Dutchie’ and other one-hit teen wonders, the career paths of child stars including Michael Jackson and Britney Spears, radical experiments in free jazz, and Black Panther influenced children’s soul groups.
In the process, a novel argument begins to emerge relating the often remarked crisis of childhood to changing experiences of work and play and ultimately, to an ongoing capitalist crisis that underlies them.