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Troubled Waters: ‘Into the Water’ by Paula Hawkins

I am one of the many people for whom Paula Hawkins’ phenomenal first novel, The Girl on The Train, was game-changing. I have been a fan of mystery/thriller fiction for a number of years, but I have always carefully selected the novels and authors I choose to read; my particularity stemming from a fussiness about… Continue reading Troubled Waters: ‘Into the Water’ by Paula Hawkins

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Will you hear their tale? – Our Memory Like Dust by Gavin Chait (Doubleday, 27th July 2017)

‘We know that memories are not fixed or frozen…but are transformed, disassembled, reassembled, and recategorized with every act of recollection.’ – Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks Gavin Chait’s second novel, Our Memory Like Dust, hits hard from page one. Depicting a not so distant future where Earth is ravaged by war, suffering and loss, the novel… Continue reading Will you hear their tale? – Our Memory Like Dust by Gavin Chait (Doubleday, 27th July 2017)

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Bound by blood: This Family of Things by Alison Jameson (Doubleday Ireland, 2017)

The beauty of a novel is that it appeals to different readers in different ways. Some readers are plot-focussed and want to be gripped and pulled along at speed; others look for a setting that resonates with them, or a particular theme or genre. For me, characters are key – the most powerful and memorable… Continue reading Bound by blood: This Family of Things by Alison Jameson (Doubleday Ireland, 2017)

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Hunting lost souls: The Doll Factory by Kate Hamer

I’ve always been a fan of the Gothic genre, particularly since I was introduced to the classic novels of the style, like Wuthering Heights and Frankenstein. I’m fascinated by the many forms it takes and the countless interpretations that are as unique as the individual authors writing the novels. Although the traditional Gothic has a… Continue reading Hunting lost souls: The Doll Factory by Kate Hamer

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Divine Origins: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

What will you do, God, when I die? When I, your pitcher, broken, lie? When I, your drink, go stale or dry? I am your garb, the trade you ply, you lose your meaning, losing me. – RM Rilke, Poems from the Book of Hours It’s no secret that I’m a massive Neil Gaiman fan –… Continue reading Divine Origins: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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Raw: The Vegetarian by Han Kang

I have not read a lot of fiction in translation, which is not something I am proud of. I am sure I have missed out on a swathe of incredible books because my eye has inadvertently been drawn to contemporary British fiction written in English. My recent reading list has tried to encompass more of… Continue reading Raw: The Vegetarian by Han Kang

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Secrets of a small town: The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling

JK Rowling will always hold a special place in the hearts of millions of people for her depiction of the wizarding world and its wonderful characters in seven Harry Potter books, and multiple spin-offs. She has a familiar style that embraces her readers in a feeling of security and safety; you know what you’re getting… Continue reading Secrets of a small town: The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling