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Book Review: Looker by Laura Sims

Book reviews By July 25, 2019 Tags: , , , 3 Comments

Laura Sims’ debut novel, Looker, and her narrator, the Professor, may look slight but it’d be wrong to underestimate their impact. Both are pretty intense and equally capable of causing a stir. The Professor lives in Brooklyn; her partner Nathan left her when she couldn’t have a baby. All she has now is her dead-end teaching job, her ramshackle apartment,…

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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: The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola

Book reviews By July 24, 2018 Tags: , , , No Comments

Anna Mazzola captivated me with her tense and atmospheric, early Victorian London crime debut The Unseeing and I was keen to see where she went next. The period is once again Victorian for her second novel but, crucially, The Story Keeper* is set twenty years later for reasons which become apparent towards the end of the book. And for this book we escape London…

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Book Review: The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti #SamuelHawley

Book reviews By April 7, 2017 Tags: , , , No Comments

Hannah Tinti’s The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley reminds me of adventure books I read as a child, but is the modern-day, grown-up version of them. It’s exactly the kind of book I search for on bookshop shelves. Which probably explains why I loved it. After years spent living on the run, Samuel Hawley moves with his teenage daughter Loo…

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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: To The Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

Book reviews By July 31, 2016 Tags: , , 2 Comments

Having loved Eowyn Ivey’s first novel, The Snow Child, I was interested to see what she did next – and while her setting is once again that of Alaska, she’s written a very different novel to her debut but one that is every bit as rewarding to read. Lieutenant Colonel Allen Forrester receives the commission of a lifetime when he…

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Book Review: The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola

Book reviews By July 14, 2016 Tags: , , 1 Comment

It’s a rare book that can immerse me in another world and time when I’m teaching homestay students but Anna Mazzola’s debut novel, The Unseeing, managed to do just that. And it kept me up far too late while doing so! Out today from Tinder Press, The Unseeing takes a real historical crime as its inspiration for this story of a…

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Book Review: This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell

Book reviews By May 17, 2016 Tags: , , 2 Comments

With her seventh novel, This Must Be The Place, Maggie O’Farrell quickly and skilfully wraps you up in story and takes you on an emotional journey through place and time. This novel is wide in scope and ambition, a story of and for our times, but it’s also forensic in its detail, focusing in on one modern family, and ultimately, two people and…

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Book Review: In a Land of Paper Gods by Rebecca Mackenzie

Book reviews By January 9, 2016 Tags: , , No Comments

Imagine if you were born and raised in a foreign country by your parents, picking up the native tongue and given a native name by which you were known until you were 6 years old. And then you are sent away to school on a remote mountain in a different part of that vast foreign country. This is what happens…

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Book Review: If I Knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful I Never Would Have Let You Go by Judy Chicurel

Book reviews By October 30, 2014 Tags: , , , No Comments

I have to confess that I didn’t know much about the story told in Judy Chicurel’s debut novel before reading it. (It turns out that there are multiple stories, and as the novel’s set in a working class community, you get a real sense of that from the shifts in emphasis, with different characters coming to the fore while others…

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