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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 […]

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Brothers In Blood

Well, here it is! Brothers In Blood, the newest adventure in the series of Macro and Cato by none other than Simon Scarrow. And what a read it is! When you think you’ve read all of this before in another novel – or think you are reading a similar story […]

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I Am China

I Am China is the story of a young Scottish girl, Iona Kirkpatrick, who is given the task of translating a package of Chinese documents consisting of letter and diary entries by a British publicist, Jonathan Barker, who is hoping to uncover something exciting. As she delves into the translation, […]

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Prime Deception

Smart, beautiful, talented Lorna Thomas is found dead in her car and is presumed to have committed suicide. We learn that Lorna was a young intern at 10 Downing Street and had an affair with the Deputy Prime Minister, Charles Lloyd. When their affair fizzled out, Lorna was approached by […]

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The Emissary

In Los Angeles, hundreds of blackbirds drop out of the sky in a scene reminiscent of Hitchcock’s The Birds. On the same day, a beach in Maine glistens with the bodies of thousands of fish gasping for air, dying. And only a few hours later, on the South Island of […]

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A Girl is a Half-formed Thing

McBride’s debut novel tells the story of the relationship between the protagonist and her older brother who has a brain tumour. We learn that the brother has had his tumour from a young age and that it debilitates him throughout his school life and early twenties until his death. Throughout, […]

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Looking for Alex

Sheffield, 1970s. Two seventeen-year-old girls, Beth and Alex are the best of friends. They’re inseparable, until one day Alex goes missing without a trace. Beth is shocked: where did Alex go? Determined to track her down and knowing that Alex must have had her reasons, Beth refuses to help the police. When Beth discovers that Alex has travelled to London […]

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The Captive Queen: A Novel Of Mary Stuart

The Captive Queen follows the life of Mary Queen of Scots and her fictional English lady-in-waiting Charlotte Grey. From Mary Stuart’s childhood exile in France, through her tumultuous return to Edinburgh and her last captive years in England, Charlotte Grey faithfully follows the trials and tribulations of her mistress, having […]

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Spinach Soup for the Walls

Titles are interesting things. They are one of the first things a potential reader notices about a book, and can fire up the imagination, as well as often fulfilling the obvious task of telling you what a book is about (Trams or Mushrooms of the United Kingdom). But how does one […]

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The Red Man Turns to Green: An Assortment of Short Stories

Short almost abrupt stories are followed by longer, more fleshed out ones maintaining an erratic (but engaging) pace to this book. Dickson Telfer’s stories are joyful, sad, playful, nice, naughty, touching, some even cringe-worthy but above all, they are hilarious. This book is a brilliant collection of short stories. And […]