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The Doll’s Alphabet

There are writers who have an unrelenting and at times elemental relationship to storytelling; writers whose entire worlds are contained within a single sentence. Camilla Grudova’s debut collection of stories, The Doll’s Alphabet, captures this definitive way of storytelling in conjuring up an immediate, uncanny world. One that is gothic, […]

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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 Watcher in the Shadows

Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s readers devour words and slip through hours until finally, in one glutinous sitting, they turn the last page of his latest bestseller. The Watcher in the Shadows is Zafon’s third attempt at writing for young adult readers, and in it he indulges all of his fictional throes […]

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My Baby Shot Me Down: An Anthology

The contemporary woman poet is rarely heard and scarcely published, but always she writes, scribbling away because she must. Compiling the work of ten up-and-coming poets through flash fiction and poetry, My Baby Shot Me Down reflects on this art and draws out diverse, new ways of reading women and […]

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The Guest Cat

Takashi Hiraide’s The Guest Cat (2014) is as playful and deadly as any Japanese fairy tale. It seduces us with charm and animal magic and then kills with subtle, silent intent. The novel centres on a Japanese couple, apathetic and alone, who live out separate lives in a fenced up […]