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All That Man Is

What is man? It’s a question that has haunted many philosophers as well as writers. For lack of a better answer, I’d like to think it is the very act of asking this question that defines us. Until only very recently, humanity’s tale has been concerned with the fates of men […]

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My (Not So) Perfect Life

Camping is not my thing. Although, I would like to visit the Somerset Glamping where Katie grew up in Sophie Kinsella’s latest novel My (Not So) Perfect Life! Not that she wants to be there. Her dream is to have a glamorous career in the fast-paced world of marketing in London. […]

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The Road To Vermillion Lake

I’ve always considered myself a post-modern guy – well, ever since I knew what it meant, anyway. And to its credit, this novel has forced me to reconsider my philosophical affiliation, and giving some serious thought to dropping the label altogether. Maybe I’m an old-fashioned romantic at heart after all. Vic […]

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The Muse

As a reader, it’s a peculiar sensation to wonder whether an author might be confiding in you. Like breaking the fourth wall, there is no escaping the notion that the soul behind the page is choosing to bear its skin, rewarding your special attention to what’s written between the lines. Of course, […]

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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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The Quality Of Silence

How far would you go for those you love? Arriving at an airport halfway across the globe – a last way station in a remote part of the world – Yasmin finds she would give, do or say anything to convince the authorities to go out looking for her husband Matt. He has gone missing after […]

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First Wheel In Town: A Victorian Cycling Club Romance

In an age where we use fast modes of transport like cars and trains, it’s hard to imagine that the United States were experiencing a very different kind of “wheel fever” in the 1880s. The invention of the bicycle and its rise in popularity (after the somewhat failed ‘velocipede’) changed […]

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The Pricklebottoms

Mary Ann Wood’s debut book The Pricklebottoms is comprised of four short (and I mean short!) stories centred on a family of five anthropomorphic hedgehogs, parents with three children, living in a forest community made up of a variety of traditional woodland creatures. A classic, well-established setting for a children’s tale. […]

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The Million Dollar Blog

When asked as a kid what I wanted to be when I grew up, I usually answered that I wanted to be a writer. This response was usually met with some surprise, because answers like ‘teacher’ or ‘police officer’ obviously were far more common. Nowadays, lots of young people want […]

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Victoria: A Life

Over the years, A.N. Wilson has become renowned for his studied portraits of Victorian history. Now he has finally come around to attempt the impressive endeavour of chronicling the long and full life of Queen Victoria. The resultant biography succeeds in making an excellent first impression. To the book’s strength, […]