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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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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