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Book Review: The Night Watch – Sarah Waters ***

Book Review: The Night Watch – Sarah Waters ***

Moving back through the 1940s, through air raids, blacked-out streets, illicit partying, and sexual adventure, to end with its beginning in 1941, The Night Watch tells the story of four Londoners—three women and a young man with a past—whose lives, and those of their friends and lovers, connect in tragedy, stunning surprise and exquisite turns, only to change irreversibly in the shadow of a grand historical event. I feel like it’s obligatory to let people know when you’ve read your first Sarah…

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Book Review: Trigger Warning – Neil Gaiman ****

Book Review: Trigger Warning – Neil Gaiman ****

“There are things that wait for us, patiently, in the dark corridors of our lives. We think we have moved on, put them out of mind, left them to desiccate and shrivel and blow away; but we are wrong. They have been waiting there in the darkness, working out, practicing their most vicious blows, their sharp hard thoughtless punches into the gut, killing time until we came back that way.”  TRIGGER WARNING is a cornucopia of storytelling: horror and ghost…

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Book Review: The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan *****

Book Review: The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan *****

Forever after, there were for them only two sorts of men: the men who were on the Line, and the rest of humanity, who were not. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever….

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Book Review: Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier **

Book Review: Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier **

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again… Working as a lady’s companion, the heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Her future looks bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Max de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. She accepts, but whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his…

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Book Review: Ready Player One – Ernest Cline **

Book Review: Ready Player One – Ernest Cline **

“You were born at a pretty crappy time in history.And it looks like things are only gonna get worse from here on out.”  It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on…

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Book review: Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz ***

Book review: Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz ***

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about…

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Book review: The Undomestic Goddess – Sophie Kinsella

Book review: The Undomestic Goddess – Sophie Kinsella

“Don’t beat yourself up for not knowing the answers. You don’t always have to know who you are. You don’t have to have the big picture, or know where you’re heading. Sometimes, it’s enough just to know what you’re going to do next.”  Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She’s made a mistake so huge, it’ll wreck any chance of a partnership. Going into utter meltdown, she walks out of her London office, gets on a train,…

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Book Review: Circe – Madeline Miller *****

Book Review: Circe – Madeline Miller *****

But in a solitary life, there are rare moments when another soul dips near yours, as stars once a year brush the earth. Such a constellation was he to me. Circe is the daughter of Helios, the sun god, and Perse, a beautiful naiad. Yet from the moment of her birth, she is an outsider in her father’s halls, where the laughter of gossiping gods resounds. Named after a hawk for her yellow eyes and strange voice, she is mocked…

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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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