The Stone Diaries; a modern literary classic

Wow – what a character driven novel and full of layers! The Stone Diaries completely captured my heart from beginning to end. It is a beauty of a story, full of wit and emotional intelligence.…

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The Last Days of Ellis Island: ‘a deeply affecting book’

I’ve stolen a short quote ‘ a deeply affecting book‘ from the narrative of The Last Days of Ellis Island to title my review of this poignant novel as it has had such a deep…

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A Theatre For Dreamers: evocative literary fiction

A Theatre For Dreamers is an alluring narrative that quietly penetrates into the psyche. An element of this is because it vividly transports you to the Greek island of Hydra; but also because it portrays…

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You Will Be Safe Here: symbolic, raw and unforgettable

So I’ve been a bit of a fan of the writer Damian Barr for a while – from his social media and also from The Big Scottish Book Club, a TV programme in which he…

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Hamnet; one of the best books I have ever read

Hamnet is Maggie O’Farrell’s heart wrenching interpretation of love, loss and family tragedy. It is about a real life boy who history has forgotten, but whose name was given to one of the greatest literary…

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