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The Long Song

The Long Song is a vibrant, fictitious ‘autobiographical’ novel that visits the darkest corners of the slave trade in Jamaica with a bagful of wit and wry humour. July, the story’s main narrator, describes the ridiculous habits and brutalities of the colonial invaders at Amity, while telling her own life […]

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By Nightfall

Michael Cunningham’s fifth novel is a departure from his recent books, The Hours and Specimen Days, which drew on the work of Virginia Woolf and Walt Whitman respectively for inspiration. By Nightfall tells the story of art dealer Peter and magazine editor Rebecca, a forty-something couple who work in the […]

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The Wrecking Light

Robin Robertson’s fourth book of poems is a tense and slight bundle that lingers – almost teeters – between themes of absence and loss and an assertive authorial presence. The speaker haunting the first poem of The Wrecking Light isn’t there – or “almost” isn’t (‘Album’). In the book’s last piece, he pleads […]

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Landed

Landed is Tim Pears’ sixth novel, and although it shares broad themes with his previous work, it is arguably darker and certainly tricksier.  The story centres around Owen Ithell; of his childhood living with his grandparents in the Welsh hills and of the car accident that robs him not only of his […]

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Things We Didn’t See Coming

Steven Amsterdam’s debut novel narrates the post-apocalyptic life of a relentless young man throughout his 30 years of despair, search for love, and survival. Each chapter unfolds chronologically, but with several year gaps, and therefore this novel allows itself to be read as an anthology of short stories – a […]

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The Floating Man

The Floating Man is a collection of short poems which, unlike some poetry, is an accessible piece of art and shouldn’t fail to attract a wide audience. Its language is unpretentious and topics such as the natural world, history and music are a familiar starting point to enjoy these short thought-provoking […]

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Room

Room is a heart-breaking story on a kidnap and sexual abuse victim who undergoes her ordeal while bearing and raising a child in a small fortified garden shed. As a reader you experience Ma’s imprisonment through her son’s eyes (Jack), who eventually escapes by using a wonderfully simplistic and cleverly written memory game: “Dead, […]