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BEST BOOKS: Ross Jeffery’s Best Books Read in 2018

Our head of books has been rather busy this year and has had a remarkable turnover of reviews. Reading everything that has come his way, from the big publishers to many a independent press and so we feel he’s the guy to talk to you about his best books of 2018 – or the year

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BOOK REVIEW: Fox 8 by George Saunders

Fox 8 by George Saunders is a feat of great storytelling, it’s an enchanting and darkly comic fable centred around the life of Fox 8 who reveals through his unique voice the greed of man and the destruction of nature. If anyone doesn’t know who George Saunders is, where have you been living…under a rock,

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BOOK REVIEW: The Rending and the Nest by Kaethe Schwehn

Just when the world turned around a little too fast and spun itself into a new dystopian reality is hard to pin-point exactly. It seems it might have kicked-off around 2016 when every one of your favourite celebrities started dying and the Western electorate ticked the box marked ‘collective suicide pact’. Then again, it could

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INTERVIEW: Patrick deWitt

What was your first experience / engagement with literature? I guess I was around twelve years old. I grew up in the home of a reader, my father was a big fan of novels in particular. I asked him what was so interesting about this format and he began loaning me books. These books were

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BOOK REVIEW: Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions by Johann Hari

Lost Connections is the culmination of Johann Hari’s ideas about the origins of depression and anxiety. His search for answers was inspired by his own experience of having been diagnosed at 18 years old and immediately being given the explanation that Western medicine offers; that his illness was caused by a chemical imbalance in his

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BOOK REVIEW: French Exit by Patrick deWitt

French Exit is pretty darn good – in fact I would say it’s exquisite! A fan of deWitt’s writing, I was delighted to be sent an early copy of ‘French Exit‘ to review from Bloomsbury Books – and so I set about devouring this latest offering in a couple of sittings. If you haven’t read

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BOOK REVIEW: Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton

From the outside all may appear dazzling, golden, dripping in sequins and sprinkled with glitter, but look inside and there is darkness, murkiness and depravity. Take hold of Social Creature and turn its pages and you may find yourself twisting and contorting out of shape as this tale pulls you through its competing visions: it

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GUEST POST: How Studying Anthropology Helped Me As A Novelist by Sofka Zinovieff

Like most students of social anthropology, I was required in my first year at university, to write an essay about whether the incest taboo is universal. The answer is: pretty much yes, if you don’t count some ancient Egyptian royals and some differing views about first cousins. But not much else is universal in the

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BOOK REVIEW: Circe by Madeline Miller

Some authors spend years struggling to finish books, get published, and then get an audience to read and admire their work. Madeline Miller’s first novel won her the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2012 and became a New York Times bestseller. Circe is only her second novel, but shot to Number 1 on the New

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BOOK REVIEW: Letters to a Young Writer by Colum McCann

From the fabulous publishing house, Bloomsbury, comes another jewel in their very big and very decorative crown; from critically acclaimed author Colum McCann the author of the National Book Award winner ‘Let the Great World Spin’ comes the brilliantly insightful ‘Letters to a Young Writer’. ‘Letters to a Young Writer’ comprises of fifty-two short prose

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