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Paulette Jiles || News of the World

News of the World isn´t exactly original. Jiles is not the first who has worked with the theme of a special relationship developing between the silent, aloof adult and a child. On their way to a destination far away facing … Continue reading

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Eowyn Ivey || The Bright Edge of the World

I have a confession to make: one of the reasons I could just picture Alaska whilst reading The Bright Edge was that I am one of many viewers of Alaskan Bush People. I cannot begin to understand why people would … Continue reading

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Jami Attenberg || All Grown Up

On the cover of All Grown Up raving reviews make us believe the novel we are about to read is about an independent woman choosing to live her life on her own: ‘One of the smartest and truest novels I’ve … Continue reading

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Tracy Chevalier || New Boy

New Boy is one of the Shakespeare rewrites we have been presented with over the past few years. Some surprise in a positive way, some disappoint. New Boy is amongst the latter ones. Not for the novel being written badly, … Continue reading

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Man Booker Prize 2017 || My favourite

To be quite honest, I do not really have a favourite novel this year. None of the six novels I read have the ‘wow’-factor (or the absolute ‘I loathe this one’). In previous years I finished reading novels feeling almost … Continue reading

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Mohsin Hamid || Exit West

Man Booker Prize Shortlist 2017 In Exit West reality and dream meet. Reality as in the world of war and civil conflict in which people try to find a new home, dream as in the worm holes that allow one … Continue reading

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Fiona Mozley || Elmet

Man Booker Prize shortlist 2017 Elmet is not about action, it is about the world Mozley describes: an area where poverty has lead to early-medieval situations. A few rich men have all the power, the others have become the 21st … Continue reading

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Emily Fridlund || History of Wolves

Shortlist Man Booker 2017 Spoiler Alert I found myself struggling to write this blog. I wanted to really appreciate History of Wolves – it had been nominated for the most prestigious literary prize had it not? -, but could not … Continue reading

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Paul Auster || 4321

Man Booker Shortlist 2017 In 4321 Auster takes us along in four variations on the life of Archibald Ferguson, descendant of a Jewish-Russian immigrant who grows up in New York and her suburbs in the fifties and sixties of the … Continue reading

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Ali Smith || Autumn

Man Booker Long List 2017 Ali Smith is a master when it comes to doing magical things with prose and images. Autumn is full of beautiful examples of her talent. I do have to admit however that I am not … Continue reading

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