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Markus Zusak – The Book Thief

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is narrated by Death. I suspect it’s pretty much the first thing anyone will tell you about the novel. It’s a well-crafted story about a young girl who lives with foster carers in Munich during the Second World War, but it could have so easily done without Death narrating… Continue reading Markus Zusak – The Book Thief

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M.R. Carey – Someone Like Me

M R Carey is someone that regulars to these pages will be familiar with. He’s the bestselling author of The Girl With All the Gifts, The Boy on the Bridge, and Fellside, to name just a few. His latest literary offering is Someone Like Me, and it surprised me. It wasn’t based in the UK… Continue reading M.R. Carey – Someone Like Me

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Mark Mason – Walk The Lines/The Importance of Being Trivial

It was my birthday recently and as usual I was on the receiving end of some excellent books. Unusually however, I received two by the same author. Mark Mason is all around legend who combines three of my favourite activities – books, walking, and general knowledge that no one ever really needs but loves regardless.… Continue reading Mark Mason – Walk The Lines/The Importance of Being Trivial

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John Lanchester – Capital

(Written a bit back...) Christmas has been and gone. The seemingly never ending hours in the car, the aching arms from lugging presents to relative’s houses, and the cramps from the endless mountain of Brazil nuts and the red foiled chocolates that no one wants, are gone. All that hassle for a day that was… Continue reading John Lanchester – Capital

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Andy Weir – Artemis

Artemis is the second novel from sci-fi writer, Andy Weir. Weir’s first novel, The Martian, was the international bestseller that started out as a self-published book distributed by his own website. The Martian was subsequently made into a film starring Matt Damon, making a follow up that could achieve the same level of success seem… Continue reading Andy Weir – Artemis

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Helen Barbour – The A to Z of Normal

The A to Z of Normal is the debut novel from Helen Barbour, and it follows Clare Thorpe as she battles to ensure that her blossoming new relationship can flourish and allow her to have the life and security that she’s always dreamed of. Clare is a very modern woman, successful, focussed, engaged with the… Continue reading Helen Barbour – The A to Z of Normal

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Andrew Kaufman – All My Friends Are Superheroes

All My Friends Are Superheroes, by Andrew Kaufman, is an unexpectedly gorgeous romance that cracks your heart, millimetre by millimetre with each page, wide open. The story revolves around a man called Tom, and Tom is not a superhero. However everyone in his life, including his wife, is. At their wedding his wife, the Perfectionist,… Continue reading Andrew Kaufman – All My Friends Are Superheroes

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John Baxter – The Most Beautiful Walk in the World

This reviewer recently represented literary North London, in an unofficial capacity of course, on the north bank of the Seine during a writer’s residency with literary organisation, Paris Lit Up. My time was spent living, writing, performing, and teaching, in the French capital – and as with any visit to a place of wonder, it… Continue reading John Baxter – The Most Beautiful Walk in the World

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Anneliese Machintosh – Any Other Mouth

There are few contemporary writers with the story telling ability of Anneliese Mackintosh. In Any Other Mouth, her collection of short stories, she crafts words in a not dissimilar fashion to how Michelangelo chiselled marble. She is relentless with her assault on your mind, like the Italian was relentless in the way he exposed your… Continue reading Anneliese Machintosh – Any Other Mouth