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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 […]

 Rhys Richards

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 […]

 Rhys Richards

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 […]

 Rhys Richards

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 […]

 Rhys Richards

COUSIN BAZILIO | BOOK REVIEW

COUSIN BAZILIO | BOOK REVIEW

Eça de Queiroz (Dedalus) Cousin Bazilio was a popular novel when it was first released in 1878, first published in Portugal and then translated around the world. Margaret Jull Costa, a translator much praised and enjoyed in the past, has done a fantastic job of re-creating the parody, contradictions and marital politics that this book portrays. […]

 Natalie Powell

FLORENCE GRACE | BOOK REVIEW

FLORENCE GRACE | BOOK REVIEW

FLORENCE GRACE Tracy Rees (Quercus) Set in Cornwall and London during the late 1800s, Florence Grace is a charming and captivating tale. The title goes some way to give away the name of the main character, Florrie, as we follow her journey living a free and simple existence in Cornwall and moving to a wealthy family […]

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ME BEFORE YOU | FILM REVIEW

ME BEFORE YOU | FILM REVIEW

Dir: Thea Sharrock (12A, 110 mins)   A weepie about seizing the day and living for the moment based on Jojo Moyes’ bestselling book, this has Emilia Clarke ditching the dragons for romance and Sam Clafin leaving Hunger Games for life affirmation. Clafin plays Will a recently paralysed former banker who is now utterly fed up […]