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Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun by Guillermo del Toro & Cornelia Funke

A novel written by two of the greatest modern storytellers was always going to be incredible, let’s face it. The minds of Del Toro and Funke have spilled out wonderfully onto each page, bringing cult film favourite ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ to life in a way which readers understand best – via the beauty of written word.

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The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim

The Kinship of Secrets tells the tale of two sisters: one raised in the United States, the other in South Korea. It is a story of war, devastation, fear and hope. Most importantly, it is a story about the importance of family and everything it means to be a sister. It is a story which

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BOOK REVIEW: You Will Be Safe Here by Damian Barr

“You will be safe here” – a phrase which, while it offers so much, is often heavy with false hope and littered with absent promises. It is entirely understandable why Damian Barr decided to title his emotionally charged first novel this, the words first being told to a diarist who is documenting her tremendous ordeal

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BOOK REVIEW: The Road to Grantchester by James Runcie

This is written prior to Sidney being a priest and a detective in the well-known TV Series. He is a young man off to war and the horror, trials and traumas that comes with such a burden. During this time Sidney and a group of other young men are sent to find some engineers, who

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BOOK REVIEW: The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts

Three girls went out to play. Only two came back. You’ll never forget the Flower Girls. The book starts with a chilling flashback, setting the scene for the uncomfortable tale of Rosie and Laurel, the notorious Flower Girls. Aged 10 and 6, the girls lead a toddler away from the safety of her mother down

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BOOK REVIEW: Show Them A Good Time by Nicole Flattery

There are times, when reading a short story collection, that my interest dips. I’m half-way through, around four stories in, and only the opener has really hit the high mark that was promised. It becomes a task then, the finish the rest. Show Them A Good Time by Nicole Flattery is enthralling from start to finish

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BOOK REVIEW: Music From Big Pink by John Niven

I came to John Niven’s novella with only a vague awareness of his work (plenty of people have recommended reading his best-known work Kill your friends, which I intend to do) and of the main protagonists in the story, The Band (a distant variation of whom – as a ‘greatest hits’ Bob Dylan fan – I saw

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BOOK REVIEW: The New Silk Roads: The Present And Future Of The World by Peter Frankopan

This is a sequel to The Silk Roads (2015). It researches how past migration effects our world today. The Silk Roads are an ancient concept of how people and trade moved between Asia, Europe and Africa. They are not roads at such, but how cultures, and continents are interwoven and how religion, language and disease

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BOOK REVIEW: Red Birds by Mohammed Hanif

I will admit that until a copy of Red Birds was sent to me to review, I only had vaguely heard of Mohamed Hanif. I generally manage to keep on top of things but occasionally there’s a whole new amazing writer/band/director that comes on to my radar a decade after everyone else’s. Hanif is one

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BOOK REVIEW: Behold America by Sarah Churchwell

A country is an amalgamation of dreams and nightmares: a torrent of conflicting visions that bash and crash against each other. They drive the country through triumph and disaster. They push its people together whilst systematically pulling them apart, but I don’t have to tell you this. It is most likely that you are witnessing

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