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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton | Book review

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
BOOK REVIEW

Nella Oortman has married a man apart, though she does not yet know it. Her diffident welcome to wealthy Amsterdam is compounded by the arrival of her wedding present: a great miniature house, to be furnished by the artist of her choice. [read more]

Friendship by Emily Gould | Book review

Friendship by Emily Gould
BOOK REVIEW

One of the things about the New York novel – a choice of setting that has become a genre in itself – is that anyone outside of the lifestyle described within the pages of books such as Friendship will have a similar attitude to Bev in [read more]

The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81 by J B Morrison | Book review

The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81 by J B Morrison
BOOK REVIEW

Growing old is for many a sobering thought. The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81 captures a snapshot in time and magnifies it to reveal the twilight years in all their extra ordinary toughness. Light-heartedly crafted, with [read more]

What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor | Book review

What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor
BOOK REVIEW

Looking at the world through the eyes of a nine-year-old boy is, on the surface, a choice of narrative voice that runs the risk of being tediously narrow-sighted. However, when this narrow vision is transposed into a medical condition as [read more]

Another NTO by Andy King | Book review

Another NTO by Andy King
BOOK REVIEW

During the 1990s, around the same time its cultural cousins reality TV and social media were finding their feet, the memoir had a surge in popularity. What began as a lucrative sideline for tabloid-friendly celebrities was seized upon by [read more]

What Milo Saw: Virginia Macgregor talks about her beautiful debut

What Milo Saw: Virginia Macgregor talks about her beautiful debut

“As Milo shifted his head and focused in on the images through the small ‘O’ of his vision, he felt kind of lucky that he didn’t have to see it all.” Berkshire writer Virginia [read more]

The Girl Who Just Appeared by Jonathan Harvey | Book review

The Girl Who Just Appeared by Jonathan Harvey
BOOK REVIEW

A little bit bonkers in the guise of a life story, The Girl Who Just Appeared is one woman’s quest to find who she is, where she’s come from and how to belong. From the outset it’s refreshing to read a female voice from [read more]

House of Ashes by Monique Roffey | Book review

House of Ashes by Monique Roffey
BOOK REVIEW

Author Monique Roffey is no stranger to praise. Archipelago earned her the 2013 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and The White Woman on the Green Bicycle was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. House of Ashes, her fourth work of [read more]

Down But Not Out: The Nine Lives of Jack Lacy by Jack Lacy | Book review

Down But Not Out: The Nine Lives of Jack Lacy by Jack Lacy
BOOK REVIEW

Down But Not Out: The Nine Lives of Jack Lacy is a memoir of the first 40 years of Lacy’s life. The book is a difficult read due to the subject matter, which takes in homelessness, suicide, drug abuse, illegal bare-knuckle boxing and [read more]

England and Other Stories by Graham Swift | Book review

England and Other Stories by Graham Swift
BOOK REVIEW

England and Other Stories is accomplished, individual, and could even be called refreshing: it’s a written-to-purpose collection, not a cobbled-together book of stories from magazines, and Swift is a quiet voice in a generation of noisy [read more]

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