Category: book reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Never Greener by Ruth Jones

The past has a habit of tracking us down. And tripping us up. When Kate was twenty-two, she had an intense and passionate affair with a married man, Callum, which ended in heartbreak. Kate thought she’d never get over it. Seventeen years later, life has moved on – Kate, now a successful actress, is living

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BOOK REVIEW: The Tryst by Monique Roffey

  It is a truth universally acknowledged that bad writing is at its worst when it encounters sex. So entertaining is it that sex can be written so badly, an award is handed out annually to honour the worst sex scenes. Sex, in writing, is perhaps best left in the empty spaces and insinuations, or,

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BOOK REVIEW: Queen of the Struggle by Nik Korpon

In Nik Korpon’s Queen of the Struggle, the follow-up to The Rebellion’s Last Traitor, we are faced wondering what happens if your life is only about rebellion. After you spent your whole life fighting against tyranny to free a city, can you really go back to being a normal person? And what do you do

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BOOK REVIEW: When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy

In its allusion to A Portrait of a Writer as a Young Man, the title of Meena Kandasamy’s second book reflects Joyce’s tale in which a fictional alter ego searches for his identity in late-nineteenth century Dublin. Similarly, in When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife, Kandasamy describes

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BOOK REVIEW: The Rebellion’s Last Traitor by Nik Korpon

After ten years of fighting a brutal regime, rebel Henraek finds himself labeled a traitor while working for the enemy as a memory thief. In Nik Korpon’s The Rebellion’s Last Traitor, we enter a future world where memories are sold as drugs, rebels join the enemy, and the people you grew up with aren’t who

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FEBRUARY AT A GLANCE

Again we have had a bumper month with lots of book reviews, film reviews, author interviews and much more…so what better way to bring you all our content than in a monthly round-up of what hit our pages in the month of February 2018. Competition Time – Flash Fiction We have launched our first flash

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INTERVIEW: Adrian J Walker

DS – Let me start off by saying how much I enjoyed your novel. In fact, it was my favourite read of 2017, perhaps even of the last two years. So, thanks for such a wonderful story, and particularly for creating Lineker. AJW – Thank you. DS – Reading the book, I constantly felt myself thinking about things like Brexit, UKIP

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BOOK REVIEW: The End We Start From by Megan Hunter

This is a story of new motherhood in a terrifying setting: a familiar world made dangerous and unstable, its people forced to become refugees. ‘The End We Start From’ is a breathtaking novella. Hunter brings her story to life through a woman’s quest for survival in a world that is falling apart, this would make

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BOOK REVIEW: The Stone Tide by Gareth E. Rees

Gareth Rees is a man in crisis. Newly arrived in Hastings and mortgaged to the guts in a crumbling Victorian fixer-upper, Rees takes refuge in his pet project, a written history of his new home town, one peopled by cranks, inventors and master magicians. But as renovations stall and a wedge grows between him and

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BOOK REVIEW: Untethered by John Bowie

Is there a crime at all or an elaborate plot for John Barrie to fall into? John Bowie is a writer for Bristol Noir Publishing and his crime novel does not disappoint, its 186 pages are packed full of deceit, human depravity and surprisingly dark humour. John Barrie has been given a new identity under the

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