The Hounding of David Oluwale

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Books with “Hard” Topics

Top 5 Wednesday is a great feature created by GingerReadsLainey and hosted by ThoughtsonTomes. To find out more about Top 5 Wednesday and the upcoming topics, check out its Goodreads page. This weeks it’s all about hard topics which could mean books about mental health, sexual assault, terminal illness or other books you found tough to read.

FullSizeRender (96)The Hounding of David Oluwale – Kester Aspden
This is the true story about how the police didn’t bother to look into the death of David Olwale, a homeless immigrant from Nigeria and a former patient in a mental hospital, until eighteen months later when a lengthy campaign of harassment by two high-ranking policeman was uncovered. This is one of those true stories that are tough to read and it shows how racism and police discrimination has been around for decades and while some stuff has changed, it is not enough.

lost boi elenasquareeyesLost Boi by Sassafras Lowrey
This is a retelling of Peter Pan that really isn’t child-friendly. There’s a lot of BDSM elements but the view of it is still incredibly childlike it’s a little disturbing. It is a good book full of queer characters but it’s definitely full of hard topics including drug use.


everydaysexismEveryday Sexism by Laura Bates
This is a non-fiction book full of true stories and statistics about everyday sexism. It encompasses many things, school life, discrimination at work, street harassment and more. It’s a fascinating book but it’s tough to read sometimes because you can’t help but get frustrated by society’s gender expectations that fall on both men and women, and how women are discriminated against every day, even if it’s just small macroaggressions that many people have just learnt to ignore.

illustrted mumThe Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson
This features two sisters whose mother has bipolar and how difficult it is living with her but they still love her. It’s great at showing how you might still love your mum but you might not always like them.



FullSizeRender (78)Seed by Lisa Heathfield
Seed is often an uncomfortable book to read. There’s no two ways about it, Seed is a cult. As a reader you can see the signs but to fifteen year old Pearl, everything is normal and how it should be. It’s also a hard book to read because while nothing is explicit, sexual abuse of children is implied throughout and it’s a slow build for some of the characters to realise or react to what’s happening.

Book Haul

I don’t think I’ve ever done a Book Haul post on here. That’s mainly because I don’t often buy books at all or I just get one or two during the month and it’s nothing special to write home about. Over the past month though I have accumulated a lot of books. So without further ado here’s what I’ve got.


These books come from everywhere, Orbital Comics, my buddy Julie via the mini NinjaBookSwap, having poor impulse control in WHSmith’s and Waterstones and then having poor impulse control and taking advantage of the Booktubeathon discount at the Book Depository – go here for 100 books at a discount if you use the code BOOKTUBEATHON10 at the checkout – this offer ends soon.

So what do you guys think? Have you read any of the above and what do you recommend? I probably shouldn’t have acquired so many books recently but oh well – we all have these moments of weakness.

List of books:
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
The Hounding of David Oluwale by Kester Aspden
Night Owls by Jenn Bennett
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
The Murdstone Trilogy by Mal Peet
The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
The Time in Between by Nancy Tucker
#GirlBoss by Sophie Amoruso
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Secret Avengers Volume: 3 God Level by Ales Kot and Michael Walsh
Thor: Goddess of Thunder by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman
Runaways: The Complete Collection Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughn and Adrian Alphona

REVIEW The Hounding of David Oluwale by Kester Aspden

FullSizeRender (96)In May 1969, the body of David Oluwale was found in the River Aire near Leeds. Oluwale had been homeless, an immigrant from Nigeria and a former patient in a mental hospital. The police didn’t care. Until eighteen months later when a lengthy campaign of harassment by two high-ranking policeman was uncovered. The Hounding of David Oluwale looks at the chilling crimes against David Oluwale and how the system failed him.

The Hounding of David Oluwale is an incredible true story. Not only does it look into what happened to David Oluwale but it looks at the broader context of Britain in the 1950’s and 60’s, the immigration from colonial countries to Britain, British people’s racism, the police’s bigotry and generally life in and around Leeds and how people thought of their city. While the book follows David Oluwale and retraces his steps from Nigeria to Britain, how he found work but eventually ended up in a mental hospital it elaborates on how Oluwale’s experience was part of a broader context of Britain at that time. (more…)

WWW Wednesday – 29 July 2015

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words. It’s a simple meme where you just have to answer three questions:
– What are you currently reading?
– What did you recently finish reading?
– What do you think you’ll read next?

I think it’s a great way to share my recent reads as my reviews are always way behind what I’m actually reading.

So here’s my answers!

What am I currently reading?FullSizeRender (96)
The Hounding of David Oluwale by Kester Aspden
This is a non-fiction book about the true story of David Oluwale, a homeless black man in Leeds who was found dead in the river. It then looks at how and why he ended up there and how the police were involved. It’s a short book but because it’s quite a tough read it’s taking me a while to read it, I do find it interesting though.

What did I recently finish reading?FullSizeRender (95)
Slashback by Rob Thurman
I really enjoyed this book – I always feel like returning to the Cal Leandros series is like returning home – a home full of violence and monsters. It’s a world I know well and it’s comforting and easy being around familiar characters.

What do I think I’ll read next?51wzxNR-D8L._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_
Secret Avengers Vol. 3: God Level by Ales Kot and Michael Walsh
I’ve been really looking forward to seeing how this run of Secret Avengers ends. It’s definitely been one of my favourite comics I’ve read so far – the characters are great, it’s funny, the art is quirky and it’s just a lot of fun. I have a lot of love for this series.