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Natasha Bernal

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1000 before 30 #48: The Rotters’ Club – Jonathan Coe

The coming-of-age story of a group of Adrian Mole-esque Birmingham boys. It's a time of strife, it's a time of unions - it's the 1970s. The (T)rotters live in a bustling, industrial city, and their three children Ben, Paul and... Continue Reading →

1000 before 30 #38: Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer

An astounding tale of human endurance, horror and tragedy on Everest, written by a journalist who lived to tell the tale first-hand. There is seldom a successful book that starts off by telling you the ending. This is one of... Continue Reading →

1000 before 30 #29: Letter to my daughter – Maya Angelou

Beauty and captivating tenderness fills every sentence of Maya Angelou's intimate, secret sharings to the daughter she never had. Maya is a genius. After reading I know Now Why the Caged Bird Sings, I thought I had her style pegged. When... Continue Reading →

1000 before 30 #21: The Buddha in the attic – Julie Otsuka

This is the story of hundreds women who leave their native Japan to meet their new husbands in America. The only thing they know is what they look like, thanks to grainy portraits they were sent beforehand. They all speak... Continue Reading →

1000 books before 30 #9 My own story – by Emmeline Pankhurst

If anyone is wavering on whether to vote in the coming election, make them read this book. The year is 1917. World War I is raging, and women have put down their banners to help the common cause. Emmeline Pankhurst's account... Continue Reading →

1000 books before 30 – kickstarting a literary marathon

I have to have read 1000 books by the time I turn 30. That is to say, on 8 April 2019, I will have read one thousand (ONE THOUSAND!) significant pieces of literature in my lifetime. At almost 26, my time... Continue Reading →

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