Blindness, writing, and a not very savage review of It’s Not What It Looks Like by Molly Burke

So let’s talk about blindness and books. This was actually just going to be another savage review but I thought I’d first write a bit about how NOT to include blindness, or disability generally, in a book. It all comes back to something that happened a few months ago, in a group for beta readers … Continue reading Blindness, writing, and a not very savage review of It’s Not What It Looks Like by Molly Burke

Eleanor Oliphant’s story, and why it doesn’t belong to the author who wrote it.

Make yourself a cup of tea, buddos. This is going to be a long one. My last post examined the "not your story" issue from the position of having white privilege. Now I’m going to look at it from the position of someone who is marginalised. This isn’t going to be about male SFF writers … Continue reading Eleanor Oliphant’s story, and why it doesn’t belong to the author who wrote it.

That’s not your story to tell. This is, however, your blog post to read.

When I started writing stuff on the “not your story to tell” topic, it kept pulling into two halves and I was trying to work out why. It should have been obvious really. I’m white, I’m middle class, I’m educated. I’m also queer and autistic with longstanding health issues. Inevitably I am approaching this topic … Continue reading That’s not your story to tell. This is, however, your blog post to read.

Surprisingly unsavage reviews: The October Man; The Silence of the Girls; Space Unicorn Blues

We're back to the Savage Reviews Channel, and your usual savage host appears to have been replaced by someone less savage because I do not have nearly enough bad things to say about these books. Today on the agenda: The October Man by Ben Aaronovitch The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker Space Unicorn … Continue reading Surprisingly unsavage reviews: The October Man; The Silence of the Girls; Space Unicorn Blues