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Why Visit America by Matthew Baker

Every now and then a book comes out that when you read it, your world is changed, whether that is that you’ve just discovered a writer who you now adore, whether it moves you in ways you’ve not been moved before, or that the storytelling is so sublime that the book you believe is destined

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Burial Suit By Hannah Lee

Before we know what pain is, we are told to let it out. Thirty children crowd in a circle, the woman with the iron-grey hair in a chair at the centre, above us all. It is a watery winter day. Pale sunlight creeps through the classroom windows, glittering off the teardrop-shaped pendant the woman wears

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Non-Fiction: The Company of Men by Paula Read

Officially, when we went on a road trip, I got out of the car and walked twenty feet from California to Nevada so he couldn’t be charged with transporting a minor across state lines. We thought this was hilarious. *** The one good grade I ever got in gym class was for modern dance. My

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Best Books Read in 2019 by Rachael Smart

STORGY reviewer Rachael Smart takes us on a journey of the best books that she read in 2019, and her recommendations are something that always throw up books that we then put straight to the top of our overflowing to be read piles! So, grab yourself a coffee and some biscuits and enjoy, then you

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BOOK REVIEW: We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

What is interesting about literature written in the past is the omnipotent manner with which one, from our saggy hi-tech sofas in the future, can now read it: the time capsule quality of it. A quality so much more heightened when reading someone’s version of the future as written in the past, often wildly off

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Basement of Horrors: House Retrospective (Part 1)

I love Halloween. For me, October is simply an excuse to binge-watch a bunch of horror movies from yesteryear and distract myself from the real horrors of the outside world. And, like all of us this year, I really needed cheering up. It’s been proper ugly out there of late. There’s fuckface von Clownstick Donald

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BOOK REVIEW: The Overstory by Richard Powers

I’m at home in the forest. It’s where I head when I feel the nature deficit in a fast-forward city lifestyle, where I go for top branch birdsong and the sound of leaves touching. I like the sticky scent of tree sap and bark at my back and to marvel at the forest’s longevity, an

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FICTION: The Dream of the Tomb by Sanjay Bheenuck

I dreamt one night, clearly and vividly, of my tomb. At least I thought it was my tomb. Sealed in monolithic stone upon a shrouded and isolated isle of primordial forest. The image was so profoundly clear that I accepted it as a sign. With immediacy I set my seekers to find the location of

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FILM REVIEW: You Were Never Really Here

The filmography of Scottish director Lynne Ramsay would suggest that she has an attraction to dark subject matter. If there is a thread that ties her work together, it’s her sensitivity when dealing with ‘troubled’ characters, an impulse to look past their actions and explore the beneath. She is less concerned with plot and more

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FICTION: Gypsy Spring by David Charpentier  

On a humid Memorial Day, a fat, hairy caterpillar crawled up a plum tree’s branch toward a lush, green leaf. The caterpillar had eaten a baker’s dozen of leaves earlier that morning, but this piece of emerald succulence, floating on a stem mere inches away, would be the coupe de grâce. His mouth salivated with

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