Mini review: The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara

You’ve probably already heard of Yanagihara and her Man Booker Prize-shortlisted A Little Life, but it was her debut novel that intigued me. It’s about a seemingly immortal tribe – the Dreamers – on an exotic micronesian island who owe their longevity to turtles, and who are betrayed by anthropologist Paul Tallent in a tale … More Mini review: The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara

Mini review: The Saffron Road by Christine Toomey

The Saffron Road is as good an introduction to Buddhism as I can imagine, but then I am a complete novice. Everything in this book was new to me. As Toomey traverses the world meeting nuns from different backgrounds, she weaves in and out of the religion’s social, political and ethical history. You get a … More Mini review: The Saffron Road by Christine Toomey

5 great books to read during a heatwave

Originally published on the Stanfords travel blog, but now with an EXTRA book. Wowee. Ah, that rare phenomenon: the British Heatwave. Despite its elusive reputation, here in Bristol we’ve recently been blessed with long, sunny days filled with the flip-flops and bare torsos that are quintessential to our normally chilly island. (This is in addition … More 5 great books to read during a heatwave