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December 2016

Book Review: Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller

Book reviews, Giveaway By December 15, 2016 Tags: , , , , 17 Comments

If you’ve always enjoyed the darker side of fairytales, be they Grimm’s original tales or Angela Carter’s delicious interpretations, Claire Fuller’s more modern take on one might be the book for you. Our Endless Numbered Days opens in the stifling summer of the 1976 heatwave, in London, but very soon veers off into the cool dark forest of our nightmares….

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Book Review: The Snow Globe by Judith Kinghorn

Book reviews, Giveaway By December 15, 2016 Tags: , , , 9 Comments

The publication date for Judith Kinghorn’s fourth novel, The Echo of Twilight, is fast approaching early next month but, given the season, now seems the perfect time to offer someone a copy of her previous novel, The Snow Globe. Give The Snow Globe a gentle shake and you’ll find a father falling off his pedestal, a mother forced to reassess her life, both…

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Book Review: The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer

Book reviews, Giveaway By December 13, 2016 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

Kate Hamer’s The Girl in the Red Coat stands out among the growing number of Girls in book titles not simply thanks to its striking red cover. Open that up and you’ll discover not one but two truly engrossing stories, narrated in turn by a mother and her daughter, and blending modern-day anxieties and a nightmare situation with fairytale-like qualities to make…

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Book Review: Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

Book reviews, Giveaway By December 12, 2016 Tags: , , , 3 Comments

Hausfrau is the German word for housewife so at first glance this isn’t a book likely to appeal to me. But it’s an English-language novel using the title and that piqued my interest. Besides, ever since almost missing out on Emma Chapman’s excellent How to Be a Good Wife, which is now a firm favourite, I’m wary of discounting wifey books….

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Book Review: Things We Have In Common by Tasha Kavanagh

Book reviews, Giveaway By December 12, 2016 Tags: , , 3 Comments

Tasha Kavanagh’s Things We Have in Common is an unsettling but riveting novel about loneliness, about being made to feel different but still wanting to belong, about the desperate need for friendship and making human connections and, ultimately, about obsession. If you’ve ever felt outside a clique or the in-crowd, as if you’re one of life’s observers, destined to be a…

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Book Review: Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell

Book reviews, Giveaway By December 9, 2016 Tags: , , No Comments

For a psychological thriller, Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell is different enough to help it stand out in an increasingly crowded genre. What appealed to me about it in particular is that its about the two survivors of a relatively short-term crime, who tell their stories in alternating chapters throughout the book, but we first meet up with them years after the event…

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Book Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Book reviews, Giveaway By December 7, 2016 3 Comments

Emily St John Mandel’s Station Eleven is a book I devoured when I first read it, and one I’ve kept on my shelf, gifted to friends and recommended to many others. It’s also a book worth revisiting. I feel the need of its hopeful message even more now, as 2016 draws to a close, than when it first came out…

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Book Review: The Other Side of the World by Stephanie Bishop

Book reviews, Giveaway By December 6, 2016 Tags: , , 2 Comments

This beautiful book is well worth reading if you’ve ever felt in need of a change of scene, especially to the point of it being the answer to all your problems. The Other Side of the World is an extreme example of the grass is always greener that might help you appreciate home more or simply help you realise that…

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Book review: Under The Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan

Book reviews, Giveaway By December 6, 2016 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

If you’re looking for an epic love story filled with adventure that takes in Europe, North America and Polynesia along the way, and that has at its heart a real couple, Under the Wide and Starry Sky could be just the book for you. If you’re a fan of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poetry or prose, even better, because this is Nancy…

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Book Review: Five Go Glamping by Liz Tipping

Book reviews By December 4, 2016 Tags: , , , , No Comments

If, like me, you’ve ever longed for a romantic heroine who didn’t have perfect skin, an exciting job in the city, hardly any flaws and was totally lovely but inexplicably couldn’t find anyone to love her, then it might be time to download Five Go Glamping and escape to the countryside for a few hours.  Festival tickets Double check best Instagram…

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