The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer (Book Review)

This short and accessible book by bioethics expert Peter Singer certainly gives the reader food for thought. Singer does not mince his words and is clear in his beliefs. The average person, he opines, can and should be playing a part in reducing extreme poverty around the world, and the rich have an even heavier [...]

Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo (Book Review)

I am a big fan of global economist Dambisa Moyo. Something about her cool, calm yet determined demeanour appeals to me. More than that, she has something to say, and she's not afraid to say it. Her book Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa was published [...]

Best Cafés to Work from in Barcelona (With WiFi)

As a freelancer and a lazy person who likes it when other people make food for her, I spend quite a lot of my work time in cafés here in Barcelona. Here’s a list of some of my favourite spots in the city for working, coffee drinking and snacking, in no particular order…   SandwiChez [...]

Making Africa Work: A Handbook (Book Review)

Marking Africa Work: A Handbook is written by four authors: Greg Mills, Jeffrey Herbst, Olusegun Obasanjo and Dickie Davis. Each author brings unique experience and insight, not least Olusegun Obasanjo, the former President of Nigeria, who lends the book particular gravitas. In light of the impending population boom in Africa, the authors' mission is to [...]

Good Morning, Mr Mandela by Zelda la Grange (Audiobook & Book Review)

I read this memoir by Nelson Mandela's former secretary, Zelda la Grange, at the end of last year. Or, to be more accurate, I listened to it on audiobook. In Good Morning, Mr Mandela, la Grange provides a uniquely human account of this icon of the modern age during his presidential and later years. It [...]

Arriving Late to the Studio Ghibli Party

So, I'm a little late to the party. I watched the excellent Ghibli classic Spirited Away in my late teens, and later got round to Howl's Moving Castle. Although I'd enjoyed both movies, I didn't appreciate them on any profound level. My partner is big into Ghibli movies, so with his influence I've gotten more into [...]

Where to Find the Best Cake in Barcelona

Cake, glorious cake. My cake consumption has taken a hit recently. I've been trying to eat less dairy products, so my cake options are becoming more limited. My quest to reduce my refined sugar intake is also (and rightly) having an impact. So, as I sit here on a sunny Sunday afternoon drinking my almond [...]

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (Book Review)

Where to start with this fantastic book? If you're looking for a quick, easy read, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari is not for you. I say that not because the book is particularly arduous. In fact, given the relatively complex and profound subject matter, the book is surprisingly easy to [...]

God Help the Child by Toni Morrison (Book Review)

TW: child abuse I finished Toni Morrison's latest book God Help the Child two weeks ago, and it's still occupying a prominent place in my mind. Perhaps this book is an odd choice for my first "book review" on this site, as I still don't know exactly how I feel about it. I've only just discovered Toni [...]