Category: Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch

Writers of long-running series at a certain point face a choice, expand their universe or continue to focus only on what the fans liked in the past. Thankfully, The Hanging Tree, the sixth of Ben Aaronovitch’s best-selling Rivers of London novels, goes for the latter option. For those unfamiliar with the series, it can best

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FICTION: Balls by Cornelius Fitz

Dead, she lived on a while yet, in the question mark curl of a pube, glued to a miniature bar of soap, some jasmine-scented hotel freebie now cracked through disuse, a debauched monument to who we once were, cowering by the mould-blackened tile grouting on the side of the bath. It was certainly hers, this

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BOOK REVIEW: Welcome to Lagos By Chibundu Onuzo

Welcome and Welcome to Lagos is an enjoyable trip to a destination that is known for its rife corruption, bustling and chaotic city life and quite importantly bent officials. My personal views of Lagos in Nigeria seems to have been stained by the many articles that appear that discuss officials put in place to govern

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FICTION: Come With Me by Elena Shalneva

She never knew his name. But she remembered the rest, vividly. Her obsession with the man who, as she would conclude decades later, had been the most enduring presence of her life, was such that, one night, walking past his office door and suddenly overwhelmed by tenderness and despair, she pressed her lips against the

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BOOK REVIEW: The Burning Ground by Adam O’Riordan

For those of you who the name Adam O’Riordan doesn’t ring any bells then this review is for you; firstly, you are going to discover a wonderfully talented writer who is also a talented poet; who’s beautifully poignant collection ‘In the Flesh’ should be a must for your books to read in 2017; plus, you

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FICTION: The Cure by Mark Mayes

i. It was the line of those hills seen from a distance that started it. At first, purple-grey in the fading evening light. From their vantage point of the bench, dedicated to Thomas J Pyne, Who Loved this View, that Tuesday evening in late August, they watched them change, become almost as one with the

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BOOK REVIEW: The Equestrienne by Ursula Kovalyk

The Equestrienne is an interesting, slightly odd, debut from Slovak author Ursula Kovalyk. It is published by Parthian in the UK, in an edition translated from the Slovak by Julia and Peter Sherwood. More a novella than a novel, the book is a coming of age story, set against a backdrop of the fall of

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FICTION: There’s Something Wrong With Samantha by Thomas Staples

It had come to Mike’s attention that there was something wrong with Samantha, and as a result, she needed to go. But there was a problem, a great big hole in Mike’s plan that would also require attention: What would he tell the kids? What would he tell Sandra? Animals run away all the time,

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FICTION: Gold Ambition by A.J. Stainsby

You could make out the pink ring around her nipple through her dress, each bud rippling the silk in brail-like formations. She hadn’t taken off her nightgown since she’d slipped into it to leave in, the white silk tainted at the pits with the black of my imitation leather. The lace- the frilly ivory that

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FICTION: Lemon Summer by Elizabeth Gibson

She came from Spain with two things: firstly, a small bag holding a pendant, a bracelet and very few Euros, and secondly the girl she trailed behind her. They crossed the border through the Pyrenees and the girl cried as they were engulfed by dark sharpness – and then breathed out as they emerged on

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