The Betrayals: an absorbing yet frustrating read

I’ve procrastinated writing my review of this book. Why? Because in one sense I absolutely loved it and I found it all-consuming (which I love when I’m reading a book). On the other hand it…

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A story of toxic masculinity: One of the Boys

Over the last few years there has been a rise in domestic noir fiction; you only need to think of Girl on a Train, Gone Girl and I Let You Go to realise that domestic…

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Exit West: Dystopia, magical fantasy and emotional truth

This is a book that everyone must read. Never before has the timing of a novel been so poignant as it explores the themes of migration, refugees and jingoistic nationalism. When the author Mohsin Hamid…

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Homegoing; a novel of harrowing beauty

I love historical fiction and it is because of that I was attracted to Yaa Gyasi’s debut novel, Homegoing. However Homegoing is much more than historical fiction; it is a novel that portrays the large…

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So far my book of 2016: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

I absolutely love the Waterstones store on Deansgate in Manchester city centre; I’m always popping in for a good old mooch and end up treating myself to a book or two. One of my guilty…

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