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Sisters
Book Review

Sisters

Just having finished Fen I was delighted to see that Sisters was up for request on NetGalley. I loved Daisy Johnson’s writing style in Fen, the giver of secrets and revealer of ancient mythologies. This continues in Sisters, on the surface a story of an intense sibling relationship and of modern calamities. September is the …

Grief is the Thing with Feathers
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Grief is the Thing with Feathers

I was so looking forward to Grief is the Thing with Feathers after hearing so much about it. It was such a refreshing change from the works I usually read, prose and poetry combined into a brave journey through grief and the feelings that come from being the one left behind to continue the shared …

Leonard and Hungry Paul
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Leonard and Hungry Paul

Amazingly I’ve had a copy of Leonard and Hungry Paul sat on my bookshelf for ages, I’ve always loved the premise of it, but for one reason or another I never quite made it past chapter one though I loved the voice in it. I picked it up again recently and a book more suited …

Invisible Cities
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Invisible Cities

Another book in my classics reading exercise, amazingly enough a lot of the books I’ve read whilst doing this are from Vintage Books. Not only are the editions well-translated or adapted they are beautiful having wonderful covers. Invisible Cities is a fictional set of conversations between Kublai Khan and Marco Polo, where Marco Polo is …

Never Let Me Go
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Never Let Me Go

Melancholic. This is about the only word that can be used to describe Never Let Me Go, it is there from the start to the end. Always on the verge of crying. This is such a well-crafted elegy to the dead or those about to die. Nothing is clear and the characters see their lives …

Swimmer Among the Stars
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Swimmer Among the Stars

If you followed me on my old Twitter account you may have already realised that I love the short story format as a vehicle for delivering beautiful and compact prose, sometimes almost poetic, and Kanishk Tharoor’s debut collection, Swimmer Among the Stars, is one of the best examples of that I’ve read. So apart from …

The Reluctant Fundamentalist
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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

I initially found the point of view and voice that The Reluctant Fundamentalist was written in extremely difficult to get into, the first few chapters were hard going, but it was so worth the effort in perseverance. Written from the view of a stranger talking to a stranger at a Lahore café, we explore causes, …