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A Cacophony of Voices: The Tent by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood has been one of my best-loved authors since I was a teenager. I was introduced to Atwood’s work through the usual avenue of The Handmaid’s Tale, and devoured many of her works in quick succession. My favourite is The Blind Assassin, although Alias Grace, the Oryx and Crake series and her most recent… Continue reading A Cacophony of Voices: The Tent by Margaret Atwood

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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)

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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

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Birth Rights: The Growing Season by Helen Sedgwick

Recent political events have meant that speculative fiction is becoming increasingly relevant. Novels like The Handmaid’s Tale are being adapted for television and some of their concepts and themes are worryingly familiar to people across the globe, particularly women.  As a race, humans like to read about alternate futures or realities, where our world and… Continue reading Birth Rights: The Growing Season by Helen Sedgwick

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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

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Feminine psychology: The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa (trans. by Stephen Snyder)

I am on a quest to read more Japanese literature in preparation for an upcoming holiday to Japan, but recently, I have been struggling to fit quality reading time into my everyday routine. After researching popular Japanese literature in translation, I came across The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa, and was so intrigued by the… Continue reading Feminine psychology: The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa (trans. by Stephen Snyder)

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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