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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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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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BOOK REVIEW: Sight by Jessie Greengrass

When I heard that Jessie Greengrass had been given the licence to write a novel, I was for want of a better word ecstatic. Greengrass had given life to a wonderful collection of short stories ‘An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It’ which I had the joy

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BOOK REVIEW: Tales from The Shadow Booth Vol 1 edited by Dan Coxon

There is a dusty old booth at the end of a pier, it is covered in a faded striped canvas, a handwritten sign hangs next to the opening with the words: “Enter the Shadow Booth for you will never be the same again.” Once you enter this mix between an anthology and journal you truly

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BOOK REVIEW: Conradology

I was named after Joseph Conrad, as he was one of my father’s favourite authors. As such, I’ve always had a soft spot for him. But even bearing this personal affection in mind, there continues to be something remarkably fresh about Conrad. This is not just due to his subject matter, although novels such as

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