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Book review: I am, I am, I am – Maggie O’Farrell *****

Book review: I am, I am, I am – Maggie O’Farrell *****

A childhood illness she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. A terrifying encounter on a remote path. A mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital. Shocking, electric, unforgettable, this is the extraordinary memoir from Costa Novel-Award winner and Sunday Times bestselling author Maggie O’Farrell. In this book, Maggie O’Farrell tells you about her life in seventeen chapters, seventeen times she almost died, could have died, almost lost a loved one… “seventeen brushes with death”…

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Book Review: Artemis – Andy Weir ****

Book Review: Artemis – Andy Weir ****

Like most people, I was completely blown away by The Martian.It was funny, full of sarcasm and very, very clever. It made me feel smart while reading it. As if I know anything about growing potatoes on Mars. (Well, now I do.. at least a little..) When I heard about Andy Weir’s new book “Artemis”, I could only hope it would live up to my expectations. It did. You see, it had all the elements I liked in The Martian:…

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Book Review: The Princess Saves Herself In This One – Amanda Lovelace ****

Book Review: The Princess Saves Herself In This One – Amanda Lovelace ****

“aworldwhere all human beingsare taken care of shouldn’t be called a “revolutionary”way of life & yetit is. –burn” “Ah, life- the thing that happens to us while we’re off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales.” A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. The princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while ‘you’…

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Book Review: Gemina – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff ****

Book Review: Gemina – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff ****

“Now, children, watch closely.Hold your breath. Listen.And I will show you the components of calamity.” Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed. The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault. Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik…

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Book Review: Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff *****

Book Review: Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff *****

-Am I nOt meRciFul?- This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each…

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Book Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – Lauren James ****

Book Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – Lauren James ****

Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J. Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their…

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Book Review: War and Turpentine – Stefan Hertmans ****

Book Review: War and Turpentine – Stefan Hertmans ****

“Il ne se passe toujours rien au front belge.” Shortly before his death in 1981, Stefan Hertmans’ grandfather gave him a couple of filled exercise books. Stories he’d heard as a child had led Hertmans to suspect that their contents might be disturbing, and for years he didn’t dare to open them. When he finally did, he discovered unexpected secrets. His grandfather’s life was marked by years of childhood poverty in late-nineteenth-century Belgium, by horrific experiences on the frontlines during…

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Book review: How to stop time – Matt Haig ****

Book review: How to stop time – Matt Haig ****

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover – working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and…

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