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The Maker of Swans, by Paraic O’Donnell (2016)

A mixed bag - some wonderful characters and spectacular uses of language was surrounded by a convoluted and confusing plot.

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Review: The Growing Season, by Helen Sedgwick (2017)

3/5 stars This novel was an odd one for me. It took me so long to read it, mainly due to personal circumstances. I also think I enjoyed the concept at the centre of the plot, rather than the execution. It’s not badly written at all, but I expected more from it. In The Growing… Continue reading Review: The Growing Season, by Helen Sedgwick (2017)

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Review: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Brontë (1848)

4/5 stars Anne was the one Brontë whose work I had not read previously, and had had barely an inclination to read. Overshadowed as her work is by that of her sisters, I suppose she’d just not shown up on my radar. I am so glad I changed that when I picked up The Tenant… Continue reading Review: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Brontë (1848)

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Review: Harry Potter – A History of Magic (2017)

Major Harry Potter fan that I am, I was so excited when two of my friends presented me with this gorgeous book. I'm yet to visit (or book tickets for) the exhibition at the British Library, but this book is a fantastic introduction and companion to it. One of the first things I noticed when… Continue reading Review: Harry Potter – A History of Magic (2017)

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Review: The House, by Simon Lelic (2017)

“When my hand slips from the knife, my first thought is that using it wasn’t as difficult as I assumed it would be. I feel elated, initially, until I notice the blood. It flows quickly, determinedly. It stains my sweatshirt, my trousers, even the floor, and that’s when my elation turns to fear. It’s gone… Continue reading Review: The House, by Simon Lelic (2017)

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Dracula, by Bram Stoker (1897)

I was really surprised by this novel. Dracula is such an integral part of the Gothic literary canon (and the classic canon generally), so it’s been one of those books that I’ve felt I’ve already read. It was the first book that caught my eye when I visited my local library recently, and I’m very… Continue reading Dracula, by Bram Stoker (1897)