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Book Review: A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

From reading A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf, the impression I am left with is that this is some serious, before-its-time, groundbreaking and highly intelligent writing, which went down back at the start of the previous century, when the state of things for women was very dire indeed, and when the kinds of opinion which Woolf put forth were the furthest thing from popular culture you could find. I think Virginia Woolf must have been very brave to write this book. She seems to have been pretty independent, with money from an inheritance keeping her free from relying on men, and more so than independant in her general life, she seems to have had a very independent mind. Because I don’t think it could have been very easy at her time to reach the conclusions and have the thought processes that she did, I think she really needed to…

My Productivity Conundrum

How many times have I given myself a hard time for letting a day slide by in an unproductive and (so-called) lazy manner? How many pseudo-science articles have I desperately consumed about increasing your productivity levels and living life on a higher plane? I feel like I’ve gotten the gist of it by now. You need a morning routine, never snoozing, good working, sleeping and eating habits, ruthless self-discipline, unfaltering self belief and a crystal clear vision of what you want to achieve. Now, these are all good things, for sure. They can do wonders for how your days go, and as they repeat they will turn beautifully into life itself. Incredibly, satisfyingly so. And throughout my life, I have embarked on all these journeys to become a more disciplined person. Through new exercise regimes, new eating habits, a renewed respect for my alarm clock. New working systems, filled with…

Book Review: Animal by Sara Pascoe

“Economics underwrite love – any human who cannot support herself is vulnerable to others, and if we romanticise that vulnerability, if we continue to idealise it, we’re permitting the infantilisation of women and maybe even creating victims.” – Sara Pascoe Boom. Mind. Blown. Reading this book made me so happy. It was as though Sara Pascoe had cracked open my mind and made all my thoughts sound coherent and intelligent. It really is wonderful that someone is saying the things that Sara Pascoe says, because they are so important. It is also a very tender book, which comforts and validates you, providing hope for self acceptance and understanding. Animal deals with eating disorders, self-harm and self-hatred in a very thoughtful and respectful way. It is a book which delivers feminism with humour, warmth and anger, and I for one thought it was a very powerful read. Pascoe does not hold…

Confessions of a Slow Reader

Hello! I hope you’re having a lovely Sunday. Do you have any Sunday rituals? In my family we have Sunday Breakfast, which today I have had with my grandmother who is visiting. I got up before her, at eight, and I spent the morning reading some more of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own. Now, you might be following me on Instagram, and thinking, but weren’t you reading that two weeks ago? And yes, I was. But I am a slow reader, and so I am still reading the one hundred odd pages long book, two weeks later. I have always been a pretty slow reader, and I am still not sure how I got through a literature degree, or how I kept my head above water in the publishing industry, or how I built this whole identity around books and being a reader, when in actual fact, I don’t really read all that much. It often…

Egalia Books: My New Adventure

Hello everybody, how is it all going? How are you? What’s up? Most of the people reading here now are coming through from my Egalia Books site, so I thought I’d do a bit of a recap on what’s been going on with that. The thought of starting my own publishing company popped into my head on a Thursday afternoon a few weeks ago. I wouldn’t say it came out of nowhere, because I’ve wanted to start my own publishing company since I was about eighteen years old, and have been working steadily towards that goal throughout uni and my years in publishing in London. It was always the dream. But  on this particular Thursday, it came to me in a more tangible way, I thought, I want to do it now. This is it, this is the time. I’m gonna go for it. And that same day, I decided which book…

The Book Industry Course: All Things Publishing

Boom. Second week done, and it went by just as fast as our first week! We’re doing so much in our time here. We’ve seen the Publishing Association, two of the three biggest publishing houses and a book shop which is so old it’s an institution. We had a whole day of economics, where we covered such a big chunk of material, and we’ve had marketing classes with two different people working with it within the book industry. And that’s not even counting Friday, where unfortunately I was ill and missed book shop management and an industry visit to one of the really great bookshops. Bummer. I’m finding a lot of inspiration and instruction in all of this for my own publishing imprint, which I’m itching to move forward with. It’s difficult to do much work on it right now though, I’m so exhausted by the time I get home…

The Book Industry Course: Our First Week

So the first week of my course on the Norwegian book industry has come to an end, and what a week it’s been! I almost can’t believe the scope of it, it’s so varied and we really are covering the industry from top to bottom. We’ve had classes in law, marketing and economy, which were quite full on and pretty heavy, so I’m definitely feeling challenged. In economics I wasn’t doing too well with the maths, so to motivate myself I went out and bought a lovely moleskin with graphed paper and some really cute pencils. Then I spent two evenings buckling down with my economy book, and I think I’ve now got a better grasp on it, but we’ll see how it goes next week. Literary communications on the other hand, was a whole new ballgame. Dramatic poetry readings, practicing breathing techniques, dramaturgy theory and lying in a circle humming, it…

Book Review: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Oh, what a book. What a read. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is perfect. It is everything that should be voiced and sent out into the world. It is a thoughtful, intelligent, forcefull and kind note on why we should all be feminists. I say note because it’s a very short book, definitely one you can read in a single sitting. Adichie explores gender roles and the societal norms and ideas surrounding them, what her personal definition of feminism is and the ways in which men and women are put into boxes and expected to conform. She talks about personal experiences from both her native Nigeria and the U.S., and she does so in a warm and honest way, inviting you to see her accounts from a feminist perspective. The essay really, really resonated with me. Everything she talked about seemed to me familiar or very understandable, and…

How To Make A Business Plan

Want to start your own business? Have a great idea you want to bring out into the world? Awesome! Get started, get cracking, go do it, take the leap! I used to think I had to wait until I was “qualified” to start up on my own. What does qualified mean, you say? Well I don’t know, don’t look at me. I have no idea what my idea of qualified was, because I don’t think anyone ever reaches a place where they’re like ‘yup, that’s it, I just learned the last piece of the puzzle, I’m all set and ready to go now.” I guess there were certain things I figured I had to do before I got going, like take an economics class, a business class, work a few more years in publishing, get my masters in literature, create a network of industry contacts. But all that could take…

Adoring Autumn: Berry Picking In The Woods

I’m so in love with autumn. I think it’s the most wonderful, beautiful, colourful time of the year. I absolutely adore it. It’s just so bloody cosy. Lighting the fireplace and loads of candles, snuggling up with blankets, drinking endless cups of hot drinks, baking cinnamon buns, reading good books, going for walks in the crisp, cold air, feeling the chilly breeze on your face, wrapped up in coats and scarves. Wonderful. Yesterday my parents and I went for a wander in the gardens and the woods, and we picked raspberries and lingonberries and watched the river flowing by and the leaves changing colour almost before our eyes. Then we went home and made raspberry jam and I almost couldn’t bear the fact that we’re saving it for Christmas and I couldn’t eat it all right there. I can’t wait for the pumpkins to get to the shops, I’ve pinned loads of…