To tell you the truth

everybody lies ...

by Gilly Macmillan

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"The story starts with two voices — the first from a 9-year old child, and the second from a successful novelist, Lucy Harper.  Soon you realise they are one and the same.

Lucy’s bestselling crime books about DS Eliza Grey has gained her fame and wealth; it has also bought her the jealousy and envy of her husband and assistant Dan.
Then he goes missing.
As a child Lucy’s younger brother Teddy goes missing in the middle on the night – does Lucy know more about both disappearances than she’s telling?
This novel drew me in immediately.  I held my breath to the very last page.  One of the best page-turners I have read this year - Excellent.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Penguin Random House for the opportunity of reading an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review - this book is due for release on June 25, 2020.

The Racial Code

Tales of Resistance and Survival

by Nicola Rollock

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The book offers an elegant way to explain the microaggressions that people of colour, but black people, specifically, receive even from white people who loudly protest "..they would never..."


These essays are written intelligentially and without anger, but they do not sugarcoat the current prejudices that are still enacted in places of employment, in the legal system, within medical care and in political arenas.


With quotes like, "White people can afford not to be awake. They can choose not to see. They can choose to close their eyes. Such luxuries are not available for people of colour." I can not do justice to this book.


I understand that a certain percentage of individuals will choose not to engage with this book or enter into a space of making change. I also acknowledge that not all of these people will be white. What they will be, I'm assuming, is comfortable with the treatment 'others' receive, as long as it doesn't interfere with or impact the lifestyle they are choosing.


#TheRacialCode should be included in university libraries and the curriculum reading lists of Black studies degrees.


I want to thank @NicolaRollock for the courage and the tears (assumed) it took to write this book.