Mary Jane; a nostalgic coming of age story

Full of nostalgia and pathos, Mary Jane is the ideal coming of age summer read. It also comes with a great deal of humour, especially as it explores the juxtaposition within 1970s American culture between…

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Summer in the City; a story to fall in love with

Wow! Summer in the City, the new novel from Fiona Collin completely captured my heart. The beautiful story had me so immersed that it made me really resent having to get on with normal life…

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The Republic of Love; a very human love story

A few months ago I read The Stone Diaries, a novel that Margaret Atwood aptly describes as Carol Shields’ ‘glory book’. I absolutely loved it. So when I was invited to review The Republic of…

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The Girl from Berlin; a powerful war-time thriller

Set in Germany during the 1930s and 40s, The Girl from Berlin is distinctly historical fiction. It is a wartime drama yet I would also class this gripping story as a thriller – and its…

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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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