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Book Review: You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld

Book reviews By April 29, 2019 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Curtis Sittenfeld’s You Think It, I’ll Say It is a collection of eleven short stories looking at our perception of not only others but ourselves as well, and just how often we get it wrong. In ‘The World Has Many Butterflies’, a married woman flirts with a man she meets at parties by playing You think it, I’ll say it, putting…

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Book Review: The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

Book reviews By July 13, 2017 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

In her latest novel, Rachel Joyce’s writing is pitch perfect and every bit as healing as the tracks that Frank selects as prescribed listening for his customers in The Music Shop. 1988. Frank owns a music shop. It is jam-packed with records of every speed, size and genre. Classical, jazz, punk – as long as it’s vinyl he sells it….

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Book Review: This family of things by Alison Jameson

Uncategorized By June 9, 2017 Tags: , , , No Comments

I happened upon Alison Jameson’s novel This family of things towards the end of April on Twitter. It must have been the feathers on its striking cover which caught my eye and once I’d read the blurb, I was left in no doubt. This was a book written for me. On his way back up from the yard Bird had…

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Book Review: Sirens by Joseph Knox

Book reviews By January 12, 2017 Tags: , , , No Comments

Sirens is a new voice in urban noir and a book that’s set in Manchester rather than London, for a welcome change. I suspect even if you know Manchester well, and I don’t at all, it won’t be the Manchester that features in this debut novel from Joseph Knox. At least, I hope it isn’t. For while there are bars and a penthouse apartment…

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Book Review: Fever at Dawn by Péter Gárdos

Book reviews By April 7, 2016 Tags: , , No Comments

Fever at Dawn is based on letters sent between Péter Gárdos’ parents shortly after the end of the Second World War. When I saw it described as “whimsical, poignant and completely charming” in a review posted on Twitter, I knew it sounded like my kind of read. I didn’t know much more about Fever at Dawn except that its author is Hungarian and,…

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Book review: Bryant & May: The Burning Man by Christopher Fowler

Book reviews By March 27, 2015 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

The Burning Man, the twelfth book in Christopher Fowler’s successful and highly popular Bryant & May series of detective novels came out yesterday. Although friends praise the series and recommend them to me, I’d never read one until this week. Here’s what the latest instalment in their case files is all about: London is under siege. A banking scandal has…

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Book review: The A-Z of You and Me by James Hannah

Book reviews By March 12, 2015 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

Today is the publication day for the second Curtis Brown book group choice, James Hannah’s debut novel, The A-Z of You and Me. Ivo fell for her. He fell for a girl he can’t get back. Now he’s hoping for something. While he waits he plays a game: He chooses a body part and tells us its link to the…

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