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Dodos, book swapping and what we’ve lost: an interview with author Steve Stack

Dodos, book swapping and what we’ve lost: an interview with author Steve Stack

Steve Stack is the author of the joyful, ticklishly funny bolt down memory lane 21st Century Dodos. The book is a collection of dead or dying artefacts from the past 40 years, exploring what they meant, what they mean and how much we might [read more]

21st Century Dodos: A Collection of Endangered Objects (and Other Stuff) by Steve Stack | Book review

21st Century Dodos: A Collection of Endangered Objects (and Other Stuff) by Steve Stack
BOOK REVIEW

Joyful, ticklishly funny and full of miscellaneous mischief from start to finish, Steve Stack’s newest venture is a headlong bolt down memory lane. Perhaps some of the classic entries are a little beyond this reviewer’s lifespan but it [read more]

Top five reads for this summer

Top five reads for this summer

We don’t know how it’s done and we don’t care, all we know is that summer gives you more time to do whatever you feel like doing. Its carefree breeze tempts you to stay up later, laugh louder and do more.  What to do with all of [read more]

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King | Book review

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
BOOK REVIEW

Half a century after The Shining was published, it’s time to find out what happened to Danny, the psychic little boy who was never going to have a ‘happily ever after’ following his white knuckled escape from the Overlook, the [read more]

Boxer Handsome by Anna Whitwham | Book review

Boxer Handsome by Anna Whitwham
BOOK REVIEW

This debut by Anna Whitwham is just begging for a few puns – and, never wishing to disappoint, let’s start by saying that this here is a literary opponent who has promise in the ring, but limps out both conscious and defeated. As [read more]

Mister Mercedes by Stephen King | Book review

Mister Mercedes by Stephen King
BOOK REVIEW

Mister Mercedes, the new tome from the reputed Stephen King, is a shift of direction and style for the author. With buckets of effective and well-tested King trademarks, it lends a pretty basic noir detective story a pair of wildly [read more]

The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard | Book review

The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard
BOOK REVIEW

From Captain Hook to Captain Jack Sparrow, pirates have always enthralled with their swashbuckling antics and charm offensive. So much so that romantic notions of heroic rascals at the helm of great ships, swinging from the rigs with sword [read more]

The Vacationers by Emma Straub | Book review

The Vacationers by Emma Straub
BOOK REVIEW

The Vacationers by Emma Straub is a rare gem that captures the voice of every character it wraps its pages around. In this sense comparable to Mark Haddon’s family drama The Red House, this second work from New York-based Straub is an [read more]

The Love Book by Allie Esiri | Book review

The Love Book by Allie Esiri
BOOK REVIEW

Love is the most abused emotion in almost every language across the world. We throw it around, bathe one another in it til our fingers are pruny, spell it out on t-shirts, think on it endlessly. Yet to each of us it is something unique, [read more]

How to Be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis | Book review

How to Be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis
BOOK REVIEW

You can never read too much. Samantha Ellis proves it through this laugh-out-loud, intensely observed journey through her colourful life, measured against her literary heroines (or, as some turn out, villains and tricksters). “Or, [read more]

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