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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

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More than a murder mystery: Little Deaths by Emma Flint

I seem to have been lucky enough to discover a wealth of new books recently – a number of the books that I have borrowed from my local library have been published in the last year, and even this year! I enjoy getting my hands on brand new fiction; there’s a sense of privilege that… Continue reading More than a murder mystery: Little Deaths by Emma Flint

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‘Love. Madness. Hope. Infinite Joy.’: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

‘They all broke the rules. They all crossed into forbidden territory. They all tampered with the laws that lay down who should be loved and how. And how much. […] It was a time when the unthinkable became thinkable and the impossible really happened.’ Every once in a while, you’ll read a book that stuns… Continue reading ‘Love. Madness. Hope. Infinite Joy.’: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy