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The Birth of Humanity: Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich (Corsair, January 2017)

Readers of my blog will know that I am a big fan of dystopian fiction. There is something quite sadistic about reading a novel portraying a potential, disastrous future for planet Earth and the human race. Some dystopian fiction is quite far removed from our current society, and is shocking in its projected ideas for… Continue reading The Birth of Humanity: Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich (Corsair, January 2017)

Book blog · Book reviews · Death · Family · Female authors · Library · Memoir · Memories · Reflection

Lifeblood: I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell

Everyone has moments that are contemplative, where you become aware that the border between life and death is thin and often overlaps. Recent world events, and personal losses experienced by loved ones, have meant that I have been more aware of the fragility of life and its vulnerability and briefness. Death is something you fear,… Continue reading Lifeblood: I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell

Book blog · Book reviews · British author · Debut novel · Family · Female authors · Literature · Love Libraries · Short stories

Domestic bliss: Sweet Home by Carys Bray

The short story form has always fascinated me. Entire worlds can be crafted over just a few pages; rounded characters, engaging storylines, cliff-hangers and conclusions are all concisely presented with the utmost skill. I love the fact that I can immerse myself within a story and feel fully satisfied even though it was brief, or… Continue reading Domestic bliss: Sweet Home by Carys Bray

Book blog · Book reviews · Family · Female authors · Irish literature · Literature

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)