The Summer Of Impossible Things Release: Here’s What You Need To Know. 

Rowan Coleman’s latest novel, The Summer Of Impossible Things, is out later this month. And here is what you need to know about it.

  • It’s significantly longer than her previous works.
  • Expect some time travel throughout the book; it is sort of fantasy/thriller/drama. However, it forms quite an important part of the book.
  • This book will make you cry. Proper big gulpy sobs. Like her other books.
  • Family is the theme at the centre.
  • There’s one narrator, Luna.
  • It’s set in Brooklyn, United States.
  • There are so many twists!
  • What you read may surprise you.

The Summer Of Impossible Things is out later this month, on June 29th.

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Resonator Review; album by Kathryn Williams.

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this album, having previously worked with Williams, and at my own request, back in January. What follows is my honest opinion.*

It has been a little while, since we’ve heard from Kathryn Williams, the singer songwriter who produced Hypoxia, an album based on The Bell Jar. Today sees the release of her latest album, Resonator, with Anthony Kerr.

The track listing is as follows:

  1. You don’t know what love is.
  2. My funny valentine.
  3. Every time we say goodbye.
  4. I’m a fool to want you.
  5. Like someone in love.
  6. The very thought of you.
  7. The man I love.
  8. Embraceable you.
  9. Stormy weather.
  10. Autumn leaves.

“Left right left right left right. Moistiurise. Panic. Left right left right, turn back, no no wait that’s right….. No one knows what they’re doing….. So do it anyway. Hope that is helpful.”

-Kathryn Williams, Mademoiselle Interview.

Yes, these are all reworked Jazz covers. 

To be totally honest, I would have loved for these songs to have more of a rock flavour to them; obviously, all of these songs have haunting vocals. But they strike me as very much the “same”; they could have each been distinctive in their own right. But, this is counter-balanced by the sheer ambition of this project; after all, who takes on Jazz greats?

Overall, my favourite tracks on this album have to be Every Time We Say Goodbye and Embraceable You. And I would love to see this on tour.

Click here to buy the album on Amazon.

Not Dead Yet By Phil Collins ; Release.

Doesn’t it seem, that more and more recently, there has been almost an avalanche of rock auto-biographies? The self-penned memoirs, I’m thinking of people such as Chrissie Hynde, and Carly Simon. The latter I really loved, just because of the language-it feels unusual on the tongue, and is immensely gratifying when reading about Simon’s life.

I also love a Rock biography written by Music journalists, as you can probably tell from the photo..

Today, Phil Collins, to coincide with a new box set complemation, is releasing Not Dead Yet, his very own auto-biography. Even if you aren’t a fan of Genesis, or of his solo material, in terms of history,I think that this will be a fascinating read. (Are there any rock fans reading this!?) Any way, this is what I hope it will be covering. 

1. In The Air Tonight.

Did anyone see the latest Genesis documentary, complete with a look at the solo careers of the four members? There was some contoversy about who played on it, and what it is truly about. Still, there are various theories circulating on the internet. I would like this book to really be clear, even clarify, who played in the original recording, what it’s about, etc. 

(But then again, many people wanted to see who You’re So Vain was about in Carly Simon’s Boys In The Trees. We got a glimpse, but not at all properly. Maybe enigma should stay enigma…)

2. Live Aid.

Phil Collins was the only performer to perform at both concerts-Wembley and the JFK Stadium. I want this book to almost replicate this, the very feel, of what it was like to perform, switch, race to the states, and do it all again. Because that must have been taxing, but surely so worth it?

3. Tarzan.

How did it come about that Collins wrote the soundtrack for the Disney film?

What do you think? Will you be reading this? Let me know in the comments.
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If you read one thriller, make it Baby Doll; this is a great novel.


Credit: Google, and editing tool of Samsung.

[ Disclaimer: ●Thanks to Jess Gulliver for sending me this, at my request.●]

A note about plot: I do love a good thriller, really, I do. And this was no exception: the case of Lilly, abducted from the gates of her high school, only to return to her family eight years later. Please be warned that this post may contain spoilers.

What I liked:

The novel, throughout, used language as a way to get inside the head of the character, a rare quality I think.

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My visit to Lady Dinah’s: Meow!


The Cafe.

So..yeah. I like Cats, and last week was very lucky to have attended Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium. (This was after seeing a feature in Company Magazine-sadly now folded.) It’s a Cat Cafe-and you’re served food, with furry faces all around! As a Christmas gift, I was very grateful to have had this experience.


Entering the Cafe; I like the very regal motif on the door.

For obvious reasons, you wash your hands first; you are also not allowed to pick up the cats, or disturb Cats who are sleeping..(And, just as a side note: the cats are not kept where the food is prepared. So, therefore, there’s no hair in the food. Because, well, who really wants that?) Not. Me.


Cats are everywhere:


Surely you have to admire a Cat that’s on a chaise lounge? These two were just above an entrance to the lower floor, where there’s more seating. And, like a fool, it took me two looks, two looks, before I realized that they were real..

Or, you can even take a Cat course. With a student freebie thing, of course.


He’s hiding! (Probably away from all of the crowds of people, all peering in. Surely a cat may just want to be quiet some days?)



But what really struck me was the very carefree attitude to playing with the cars. The waitresses willing tapped into the quirks of the cats (good phrase, that, no?) and showed us how to pet them. For example, this was a very pampered rescue cat-and like a spine rub, whilst sat atop a chaise lounge:

Then, just slowly pat on the side of their bottom (!) Wrong, I know how that sounds..

Some very cool top floor graphics. As far as wall art goes, I was very envious. The ones with the cat motifs detail the characteristics of those at the cafe. (Maybe a good present for a cat lover?)


And the food was lovely. Really delicious. Far better than I was expecting-complete with a main, drink, and desert. More restaurant than cafe..


Soup of the day-the name I couldn’t quite recall. Complete with a Brick Lane Bagel. Yum.

Then  came time to explore the building:


Lady Dinah’s has a huge, custom-made cat wheel installed on the lower floor. It’s like a hamster wheel-only maybe six feet high-and for a cat. I just had to try and sit in it. Which was not a very good idea. Obviously. Call it ‘Thy Clumsy Nature’.

To finish, food-wise: a salted caramel chocolate brownie! Still warm, with gooey insides, and little chips of chocolate.


But, I digress from my main theme: Cats.


I felt very lucky to also have fed Wooky, the marmalade hued cat, when he woke up. It was a fishy treat, finally to finish a very long day.. If you love cats, then this is the place to go.

To book, please click here. Or, to purchase some very cool cat merchandise, please click here.