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Heartbreak and Hope: How I Lose You by Kate McNaughton (Transworld Publishers, 8th March 2018)

Kate McNaughton’s debut novel, How I Lose You, is utterly devastating by page 12. After a tipsy night with friends, Eva and Adam head to bed feeling happy and full of the promise of married life. When Eva awakes the next morning to a terrible discovery, it seems that their story is over. I must… Continue reading Heartbreak and Hope: How I Lose You by Kate McNaughton (Transworld Publishers, 8th March 2018)

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Stranger Things: Starlings by Jo Walton (Tachyon Publications, 13th February 2018)

I have always taken the maxim ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ very seriously, but sometimes I can’t help being drawn to a book by its appearance. Starlings by Jo Walton is no exception to this. The cover design is striking and beautiful; realistic depictions of the attractive birds, framed by bold splashes of… Continue reading Stranger Things: Starlings by Jo Walton (Tachyon Publications, 13th February 2018)

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Innocence Lost: Dead Dogs and Angels by Mickela Sonola (Holland House, 25th January 2018)

Dead Dogs and Angels by Mickela Sonola is one of my first reads of the year, and it is stunning. Yinka is a young girl living in Lagos with her parents. She experiences very disturbed sleep and often wakes up in unusual places, and this is where the novel begins. Yinka wakes up outside in… Continue reading Innocence Lost: Dead Dogs and Angels by Mickela Sonola (Holland House, 25th January 2018)

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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