After The Rising & Before The Fall; a powerful saga

My recent holiday read is two books in one, the centenary edition of After The Rising & Before The Fall, the first two books in a captivating Irish trilogy by Orna Ross. Full of intriguing…

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The Beloved Girls; beautifully haunting

I am struggling to describe The Beloved Girls in just a few words. It is an epic of a story – all consuming, bewitching, atmospheric, menacing. I could go on and on; but essentially The…

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The Fair Botanists; immersive, rich and evocative

Sensually atmospheric, Sara Sheridan’s new novel, The Fair Botanists is a story of female empowerment in the early 19th century. It is full of intrigue and sexuality. It is also a very funny novel, with…

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Hope Nicely’s Lessons for Life; heart warming, inclusive and powerful

In life, you meet many people. Some you admire, some you wish you’d never met. Few make you think: ‘When I woke up this morning, I didn’t imagine that I would meet someone like you.’…

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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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