31st March 2020 victoria

Now this is a book I heard about last last year, at one of the last Script Club socials we had. I also learned that this was actually one of the books in Oprah’s Book Club in 2018 – now that’s all the reason I needed to at least see what this book was all about. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones is the story of a young Black American couple, from the Southern states of Louisiana and Georgia in the US in the late 20th century. Having met at college (university) this couple later get married and the husband,…

29th February 2020 victoria

I first heard about this book back in 2018 at the UK Black Business Show where the brilliant David McQueen was on the panel there. It was the first time that I had been to the show and it was the first time coming across David McQueen, an entrepreneur, professional facilitator, world-class speaker and executive coach. I was supposed to be attending with one of my good friends but she wasn’t feeling well so I ended up going alone and it honestly was a real blessing to be in the building with hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of Black Brits showcasing their…

31st January 2020 victoria

In summary: go get this book and read it. It will help you in all areas of your life. That’s it, that’s the book review. If you must know more then do read on…. This book is about negotiating. ‘Negotiating’ is a word that I usually only every hear where work is concerned. “Negotiate your salary” or “negotiate your terms”. I never really thought of the word beyond the place of work. Negotiate means to achieve, arrange or agree to something by having formal discussions with someone (Cambridge Dictionary). By my very nature, I don’t think resistance, conflict or any…

14th November 2019 victoria

So this book is the fifth of the Noughts & Crosses series by the incredible story-teller and writer Malorie Blackman OBE, affectionately known as ‘Auntie’ Malorie – I truly feel like I know her. Haha – I wish! Many moons ago, as a young teen, I first picked up Noughts & Crosses in the LRC on Elizabeth Garrett Anderson school. What drew me to it? I don’t quite remember… Perhaps it was the title in itself; makes me think of the game you play with your friends in class on the sly while the teacher is teaching a class. Or…