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April 2019

Book Review: Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel by Ruth Hogan

Book reviews By April 19, 2019 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Ruth Hogan’s third novel Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel shows how one little girl’s childhood affects her present-day adult self, and what she does as she learns how incomplete a picture she has of her past and the people in it. Tilly was a bright, outgoing little girl who liked playing with ghosts and matches. She loved fizzy drinks, swear words,…

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Book Review: Paris Mon Amour by Isabel Costello

Book reviews, Giveaway By April 18, 2019 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

Isabel Costello takes us to the quintessential Paris neighbourhood that is the 6th arrondissement in her debut novel Paris Mon Amour. But, once there, she guides us away from the romance of the tourist trail and instead we find ourselves deep in the heart of the Left Bank, and caught up in the tangle of Alexandra’s life. ‘The first time…

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Book Review: One More Lie by Amy Lloyd

Book reviews, Giveaway By April 17, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

Amy Lloyd’s second novel One More Lie takes a look at the human stories behind those evil monsters and animals people are dubbed by sensational newspaper headlines and in the public outrage voiced via social media comments. It makes for a gripping read. Charlotte wants a fresh start. She wants to forget her past, forget her childhood crime – and,…

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Book Review: Narcissism for Beginners by Martine McDonagh

Book reviews, Giveaway By April 16, 2019 Tags: , , 2 Comments

Written as a sprawling letter, Martine McDonagh’s Narcissism for Beginners is the story of Sonny Anderson’s quest to unlock some answers to his past while over in the UK touring locations from his favourite movie. Meet Sonny Anderson: budding author, ex-meth-head, neurotic and Shaun of the Dead obsessive. Sonny doesn’t remember his mother because when he was five, his father kidnapped him from…

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Book Review: Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars by Miranda Emmerson

Book reviews, Giveaway By April 15, 2019 Tags: , , , No Comments

Miranda Emmerson’s debut novel Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars isn’t as whimsical as the title might at first suggest. But that fits with a book where it’s not only the missing actress who is playing a role (both on and off stage) or has something to hide. Soho, 1965. When an American actress disappears from the Galaxy Theatre,…

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Book Review: Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland

Book reviews, Giveaway By April 13, 2019 Tags: , , , , 4 Comments

Stephanie Butland’s third novel, Lost for Words, is set in a secondhand bookshop in the walled city of York, two of my favourite places to wander around. And while the bookshop on the cover may look quirky and cute at first glance, there are shadows lurking inside it. Much like its main character Loveday. Loveday Cardew prefers books to people….

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Book Review: Kings of the Yukon: An Alaskan River Journey by Adam Weymouth

Book reviews By April 12, 2019 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

I might not have discovered Kings of the Yukon so soon if Adam Weymouth’s book hadn’t been shortlisted for the PFD/Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. Last year, I was lucky enough to be invited to a bloggers’ event in London where we met the authors, who read excerpts and answered questions, before copies of each book were…

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Book Review: Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

Book reviews By April 11, 2019 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Jasper Jones has been sitting on my bookshelf for a long time. I can’t even remember when or where I bought it, although I have a feeling that I wanted to read more Australian fiction while I waited for a new Tim Winton book to come out. I still didn’t read it back then but it leapt out at me…

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Book Review: In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne

Book reviews, Giveaway By April 10, 2019 Tags: , , , No Comments

There’s an insistent pull to the rhythm of its opening pages that drew me into Guy Gunaratne’s debut In Our Mad and Furious City, a novel which gives voice to “London’s scowling youth” and “those of us who had an elsewhere in our blood.” For Selvon, Ardan and Yusuf, growing up under the towers of Stones Estate, summer means what…

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Book Review: Home by Karen Dionne

Book reviews, Giveaway By April 9, 2019 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Helena is driving home from the lake with her youngest daughter when a report comes on the radio that she never hoped to hear. Now in order to protect everything she has, she needs to return to a place she thought she’d long left behind her. You’d recognise my mother’s name if I told it to you. You’d wonder, briefly,…

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