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Review: Vera, by Elizabeth von Arnim (1921)

I’m not going to lie. This book disappointed me, and it was a struggle to read. Part of that I think was deliberate: von Arnim uses a lot of repetition which results in a claustrophobic reading experience to mirror what the protagonist, Lucy, feels. That aspect was so effective. I also think, though, that either… Continue reading Review: Vera, by Elizabeth von Arnim (1921)

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Review: The Cows, by Dawn O’Porter (2017)

I could not put down this novel. Literally. It’s a 439 page tome and I finished it in less than 2 days. It’s exhilarating. O’Porter’s bold, unique voice has been well known for years from her journalism, and she translates this well into her first adult novel. In Tara, Cam, and Stella, O’Porter has created… Continue reading Review: The Cows, by Dawn O’Porter (2017)

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Review: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson (2011)

This is a long review - I loved this memoir so much, and I found it hard to cut it down and make my thoughts about it coherent. I could have included 20 more stunning quotes but it might have been a bit much. So here it is: “Why be happy when you could be… Continue reading Review: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson (2011)

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Review: The History of Bees, by Maja Lunde (2017)

Literary fiction is one of my favourite types of books to read. I love the experimentation with technique and interrogation of assumptions that they often produce through the plots. Having written several children’s and young adult books, The History of Bees is Maja Lunde’s first venture into adult literary fiction. This dystopian novel follows the… Continue reading Review: The History of Bees, by Maja Lunde (2017)

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Review: The Stolen Child, by Sanjida Kay (2017)

I’ve not read many thrillers: I’m a bit of a scaredy-cat with too vivid an imagination. I once let out a small scream in the middle of a café while reading Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, so you can imagine that this isn’t the genre I’m usually attracted to. However, The Stolen Child,… Continue reading Review: The Stolen Child, by Sanjida Kay (2017)

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Review: The Power, by Naomi Alderman (2016)

I have a lot to say about this novel. I’ve tried to keep this as spoiler-free as possible, but there’s so much packed into the book that I loved and I couldn’t not talk about them all. So, here goes.   The Day of the Girls. The day that 14 and 15 year old girls… Continue reading Review: The Power, by Naomi Alderman (2016)

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman (2017)

It's been a few days since I finished this book and I still haven't stopped raving about it to my family, friends, and colleagues at work. Not for a while has a book moved me so much. Un-put-down-able (not a word, but accurate) and unforgettable. What a debut for Gail Honeyman! Let's begin with our introduction… Continue reading Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman (2017)