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The Wander Society

Do you ever get the feeling that there should be more to life? That what’s expected of you is in no way connected with who you are? That our connectivity – as we increasingly relate to each other’s lives through television, social media and video chat – tends to leave […]

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Belgravia

Ever heard that story about that one family who saw themselves rudely robbed of their joy and hopes for the continuation of their noble line after a single accident that made global headlines? The kind of story that would be related to you through the eyes of the family and […]

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The Flame Bearer

One of Britain’s most cherished authors of historical fiction, Bernard Cornwell is back in good form with The Flame Bearer, the latest addition to the celebrated The Last Kingdom series. Starting back in 2004, the popular series follows the perils of Uhtred, rightful heir to his father’s castle of Bebbanburg on the Saxon shores of […]

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The Voyage Of Odysseus

We love sharing stories. Whether written or told, they stay with us, becoming a treasured part of who we are. In that light, the longevity of some stories is just staggering. Told and retold for what could be three millennia – embellished and stripped back a thousand ways – the […]

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Sissi: The Last Empress

After reviewing Danny Saunders’ unintentionally hilarious debut novel The Captive Queen I couldn’t resist having a go at his new work, Sissi: The Last Empress. I am delighted to say that I was not disappointed. Sissi: The Last Empress is a historical novel following the life and times of Elisabeth […]

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Signs Preceding the End of the World

With giant holes being unearthed, borders closing and gangsters conspiring, Yuri Herrea’s Signs Preceding the End of the World (2015) is no ordinary novel. It’s a quick read, slick too and packs a punch that is hard to compare to any recent dystopian fiction. There is a rush, a sense […]

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The Age of Magic

For some travelling is a means of seeking out a place of belonging, a home. Ben Okri’s latest novel, The Age of Magic relies on its introspective, metaphysical and heavy-handed characters who each in turn contemplate the meaning behind home. In doing so, they journey fatefully through different realms of their humanity, peaking […]

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A Darker Shade of Magic

What if mad King George III belonged to a London that was one of many Londons? And, what if each of these so-called Londons were all connected, alive and humming with blood magic? V.E. Schwab’s most recent novel, A Darker Shade of Magic (2015), examines the intricate fantasies of medieval […]

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The Woman Under the Ground

Megan Taylor’s first collection of short stories in The Woman Under the Ground is both captivating and disturbing at the same time. All thirteen stories exhibit a brilliant foray into the slightly unseemly topics of our society. These include post-natal depression, childhood abandonment, infanticide and schizophrenia. Fractured relationships are an […]

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Alphabet House

“This book is not a war novel” – this is the opening statement of the author’s notes in the paperback edition of Alphabet House. The story is one of two childhood friends who get stranded in enemy territory during WW2, and, in their attempts to escape, find themselves in a […]