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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 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 […]