Monthly Archives: June 2014

Courtney Collins // The Burial

I found myself surprised when I realised that Jessie Hickman’s newborn, dead baby was telling large part of The Burial. It made The Burial an intriguing read right from the start. During the novel it becomes apparent that the title … Continue reading

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Nathan Filer || The Shock of the Fall

This book could have easily ended up a melodrama. Filer has managed to steer clear from big emotions and tearjerker material. He has written a clearheaded novel with insights into small, kind gestures. Main character Matt’s life is a drama: … Continue reading

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Emma Donoghue || Frog Music

Do I dare say that I was not really captivated by Donoghue’s novel? I found main character Blanche rather silly and impulsive. It was not until the very end that I started to find her convincing. I did not get … Continue reading

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Evie Wyld || All the Birds, Singing

I was not sure at first: did I really want to read a novel about a recluse who has just found one of her sheep with its throat slit? Chapter two made clear that quitting was not an option. I … Continue reading

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Fatima Bhutto || The Shadow of the Crescent Moon

Fatima Bhutto has written a startling novel. From the moment you start reading you know something is about to happen. It is also quite obvious that it is probably a bomb attack directed at a high official visiting the small … Continue reading

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Baileys Women’s Prize List in a nutshell

Six novels were nominated for the Baileys Women’s Prize List; some authors were complete unknowns to me. I delighted in discovering their books. I cannot wait for their next. Prize winner Eimear McBride was a complete revelation to me, I … Continue reading

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Eimear McBride || A girl is a half-formed thing

No doubt the most disturbing novel I read in a long time. Mostly due to the fact that through the use of stream of consciousness you get literally sucked into the mind and emotions of the main character. She starts … Continue reading

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Helen Oyeyemi || Boy, Snow, Bird

Boy, Snow, Bird is a fairy tale. To be honest I did not realise I had been reading a fairy tale. It might be my fault that I did not get the clues: a girl called Snow, mirrors and Bird … Continue reading

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