Happy International Women’s Day! I am absolutely loving all of the love being shown to inspirational women across my social media, so I thought I would share a way to show some love to the inspirational women writers of the world.

Now that it’s 2018, (some) women in the United Kingdom have been able to vote for 100 years (women over the age of 30 who were either a member or married to a member of the Local Government Register were given the vote in 1918 as part of the Representation of the People Act, women were awarded the same voting rights as men in 1928). In honour of this, there have been events here, there and everywhere – it’s glorious.

My favourite of these is the #Vote100Books initiative.

Hay Festival, which is the biggest literary festival in the country, has teamed up with The Pool with the aim of finding 100 books by women published in the last 100 years that deserve more attention. I am here for it. (There is also a snazzy competition for everyone who nominates – yay books!)

I don’t think anyone will be surprised at which book I nominated (I find every opportunity to mention it, after all).

That’s right, it’s Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente. It is and always will be the first book that I recommend to friends, family, loved ones of all breeds, random camels… literally anything, plant, animal or mineral, that I can recommend this book to, I do. If you’ve not read it, consider this a formal recommendation.

Not only does the book (the beautiful, beautiful book) deserve to be on the list but Catherynne M. Valente does too. I’ve already mentioned how wonderful her Patreon is, she really does take the time and make the effort to show her fans that she appreciates them, and though that is not at all a requirement of authors, it’s definitely deserving of praise when it happens. Her writing is beautiful and deserves to be shared.

I am super excited to find out which books end up on the list, and I can’t wait to start delving into it.

I implore you to nominate your own favourite female author – the more nominations they get, the better! If you want to cast your vote, you can do so at the Hay Festival website. If you want to read more about #Vote100Books, The Pool has written a great article.

Happy International Women’s Day, I hope you take the opportunity to celebrate the wonderful women around you, as well as the women writers who make the literary world go round.


[[CLOSED]] The Bone Season: Giveaway! (UK Only)

bone-visHello, wonderful people!

On a break from our (current) normal schedule, I give you a post on a Monday! What is this? How am I so productive all of a sudden? It’s a mystery to us all.

However, this entry is not about me, it’s about you!

As I’m an advocate, Bloomsbury have been especially lovely and given me two copies of the beautiful new paperback version of The Bone Season to give to you guys! It’s the first real giveaway I’ve done so I am very excited.

As it says in the title, it’s UK only, so please don’t enter if you’re from outside the country. You will only be disappointed. :( Booo.

If you’ve never heard of The Bone Season, read on:

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

The giveaway is running until February 22nd so make sure you get your entries at the link below!

 Click here to enter!

I’m so in love with this book, I am so happy to be able to share it! Comment below if you’ve entered, I would love to hear from you!


The Mime Order Blog Tour: If I were a voyant…

On this the 4th stop on The Mime Order’s UK blog tour, as I’ve already posted a review I decided to get creative.

If you’ve read The Bone Season, there is absolutely no way you’ve not thought, if only in passing, about what kind of a voyant you may have been were you thrust head-first into its pages. My own thoughts on the matter have been fleeting, first used as a gag for a video review on my somewhat defunct (but hopefully one day revivable) youtube channel, but as the publication date of hotly anticipated book #2, I decided it was high time I considered it seriously—and photographically.

My choice was to between two obvious options (three, if there were a type of voyant whose numa were twin lens reflex cameras, or box cameras, or any cameras): firstly, bibliomancy. I work in books, I spend most of my life reading books, I design them, I devour them. It would be all too easy for books to be my numa and I thought that might be too obvious a choice to make.

Secondly, cleidomancy (which you may have guessed if you saw a certain question and answer on twitter). Though obvious to almost everyone who knows me in person, you, dear reader, may be wondering why I made this choice and rightly so.

You who read this blog probably haven’t seen my wrists or the box which sits on one of the shelves in my room, waiting for a time when I have my own walls on which I can hang beautiful display frames. You would not have seen the equally beautiful leather-bound notebook I still have not dared to use for fear of ruining it. You might, if you follow one of my tumblr accounts, have noticed my obsession with a certain key-wielding series of video games. You will definitely have noticed my usernames on almost every social media platform ever and perhaps the other URL which brings you to this website.

I am obsessed with keys. I collect them, skeleton keys mostly (currently living in the aforementioned box). I love to imagine the doors they once opened and the rooms into which those doors led, and then the people who walked through those rooms; born, grown, lived, died. It makes sense, then, that if I were to commune with the spirits of the dead I would use one or more of my collection.

The key featured in these images, newly-probably-not-quite-coined bookography (expect more, I like it), is the first I ever purchased and the key that provided the shape for the tattoo on my right wrist. I remember vividly the day that I bought it, the smell of the shop (appropriately situated in Oxford), the long walk to another which sold masks after, the walk back to college and the impending A Level exam. It is my favourite.

So there you have it.

If I were a voyant, I would be a cleidomancer. A smoky-purple aura’d soothsayer, who has a penchant for top hats and deep purple–burgundy colours.

Hop along to Curiosity Killed the Bookworm tomorrow for your next stop! But before you go…

Competition time!

Enquiring minds would like to know what type of voyant you would be and why, in return I will endeavour, with the help of my camera and my partner in crime, to turn two lucky entrants into their voyant selves! Easy peasy!

How to enter

Leave a comment below with your chosen voyant type and why – do be creative! And remember to leave your name and twitter handle (or email) so that I can contact you!

What you win

A photoshoot with myself and Dress.Simple (at a time and date discussed with you by email later) in which we will transport you, using magic, into the world created by the brilliant Samantha Shannon.

Terms and conditions

  1. To enter you must be over 18 or have written permission of a parent or guardian (who will accompany you to the shoot should you win).
  2. You must be able to get to London or Oxford for the resulting photoshoot.
  3. You must be willing to have your image displayed online (via this website and my facebook photography page) and used by Bloomsbury* should they see fit.
  4. All entries need to be in by midnight (GMT) on 18th February 2015.
  5. Winners will be announced within a week of the closing date on this blog, twitter and facebook.
  6. If you do not respond within 48 hours of the initial winners announcement, another winner will be chosen.


There will be two winners, one chosen by me and the other chosen by a mystery judge, who will be announced 1st February in another Mime Order-related blog post. We will be picking our favourites so make ‘em good!

 If you want to buy The Mime Order it is available on the Bloomsbury website, Waterstones, Amazon and all good retailers! Happy reading!

 *Please note: this competition is not run by nor affiliated with Bloomsbury beyond being a stop on the blog tour, and will only run if more than 5 entries are received