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HUMMINGBIRD | BOOK REVIEW

HUMMINGBIRD | BOOK REVIEW

Tristan Hughes (Parthian) Set in a remote corner of Northern Ontario, the story follows the life of teenager Zachary and his fellow inhabitants in a sleepy corner of Canada. Living with his father, his summer is invigorated when a local resident’s niece, Eva, comes to visit and the story reveals the events that have shaped […]

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THE DEDALUS BOOK OF GIN | BOOK REVIEW

THE DEDALUS BOOK OF GIN | BOOK REVIEW

Richard Barnett (Dedalus Ltd) Gin is in. Once an ‘old fashioned’ drink, something your Mum might drink on a trip to the local, gin has now had a resurgence and is trendy once more. It’s also a drink with a fascinating history, from medicinal purposes, to being blamed for society’s ills. The Dedalus Book of […]

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TRIPTYCH: THREE STUDIES OF MANIC STREET PREACHERS’ HOLY BIBLE | BOOK REVIEW

TRIPTYCH: THREE STUDIES OF MANIC STREET PREACHERS’ HOLY BIBLE | BOOK REVIEW

Rhina E. Jones, Daniel Lukes, Larissa Wodtke (Repeater Books) There’s something very satisfactory about seeing my fellow former teenage Manics fans grow up and do some really cool things. All that angst basically transformed into brilliant creativity, and this book is proof of that. Triptych is a cool and creative book, full of insight and intelligence, […]

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THE MAIAS | BOOK REVIEW

THE MAIAS | BOOK REVIEW

Eça de Queiroz (Dedalus) Like many of de Queiroz’s work, The Maias is about a family and their struggles. This time the family is told to us through three generations, just like Gilmore Girls. And just like Gilmore Girls, there’s a grandparent who thinks they know best, a lost and whimsical parent who makes mistakes in […]

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JOSEPH VAN PEARCE AND THE PROPHECY OF THE DRAGON’S HEAD MEDALLION | BOOK REVIEW

JOSEPH VAN PEARCE AND THE PROPHECY OF THE DRAGON’S HEAD MEDALLION | BOOK REVIEW

C.C. Brampton (Brampton Publishers Ltd) This fantasy novel is definitely aimed at the younger generation. This judgment is not based off the age of Joseph (the main character who is 15), or off the assumption that fantasy novels are childish (if you haven’t watched/read Game of Thrones, you’ve probably heard of it and that is […]

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THE DAUGHTER OF LADY MACBETH | BOOK REVIEW

THE DAUGHTER OF LADY MACBETH | BOOK REVIEW

Ajay Close (Sandstone Press) The relationship between parent and child is always fraught with tension, but for Freya, things are even more complicated. She has never known her father and her mother remains reticent at divulging any information about him. Freya’s mother, Lilias, has never conformed to the stereotypical mother, constantly remaining aloof. Freya is forced to resort […]

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COMPASS | BOOK REVIEW

COMPASS | BOOK REVIEW

Mathias Enard (Fitzcarraldo Editions) A contemporary premise and captivating plot form the basis to this unique novel from French writer Mathias Enard. Having received critical acclaim for his previous work, the novel was awarded the Prix Goncourt prize, France’s oldest and most prestigious literary accolade when it was first published in the French language in […]

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THE SEAMSTRESS AND THE WIND | BOOK REVIEW

THE SEAMSTRESS AND THE WIND | BOOK REVIEW

César Aira (And Other Stories) A journey through the plains of Patagonia sets the scene for this intriguing and innovative story. Aira weaves a fantastical tale of a missing boy and the subsequent turn of events in Patagonia as both his mother (the seamstress), the wedding dress she is working on and his father set […]

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I’LL SELL YOU A DOG | BOOK REVIEW

I’LL SELL YOU A DOG | BOOK REVIEW

Juan Pablo Villalobos (And Other Stories) The highly acclaimed and much-loved Mexican author Juan Pablo Villalobos is releasing his third comedic novel this August I’ll Sell You a Dog. Having already made Best of the Year lists throughout the Spanish-speaking world, many are calling this Villalobos’ most accomplished novel yet. I’ll Sell You a Dog is […]

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THE FAMILY MAN | BOOK REVIEW

THE FAMILY MAN | BOOK REVIEW

T.J. Lebbon (HarperCollins) Set in the beautiful Monmouthshire countryside, this dark and bloody thriller is something of an oxymoron: from dinner parties and school runs to suspenseful car chases and a bloody rampage across the Welsh landscape, T.J. Lebbon creates a suspenseful chase/actioner. As a renowned author he wrote the horror/supernatural Pay The Ghost, the […]