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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: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

For those pitching a book It can be helpful to reduce the essence of your story into one catchy tagline; one that will grab everyone’s attention and deliver a summery both alluring and precise enough so that an agent might take it on, an editor might want to invest in it and the reader might

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INTERVIEW: Emma Glass

It is our great pleasure to share with you our interview with Emma Glass the fabulous mind to one of this years greatest debuts ‘Peach’ – we also had the honour of reviewing this before publication for Bloomsbury Circus and our review can be read here. Renews one’s faith in the power of literature –

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BOOK REVIEW: Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss

I must confess that at the midpoint of Nicole Krauss’ novel Forest Dark I found myself rather lost – i was scrabbling around in the dense bracken of words that echoed on and on, drifting between the endless themes and symmetries and metafictions that lay before me. Perhaps that is a little bit of an

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BOOK REVIEW: Demi-Gods by Eliza Robertson

‘Demi-Gods’ is the debut novel from Eliza Robertson who was a recipient of the Man Booker Scholarship and the Curtis Brown Prize, she was also the winner of the 2013 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. The book is set in the 1950’s and follows the life of Willa. A child that has had a very difficult

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BOOK REVIEW: Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang

Sour Heart is a collection of short stories that tell the tale of family, of immigrants coming to 1990’s America and seeing it for what it is, seeing it for the seediness that lay in the shadows of their new-found allegiance. Many of the stories deal with a family dynamic, of femininity, of sexuality and

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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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BOOK REVIEW: Thirst by Benjamin Warner

Thirst is an intense, stark thriller set in rural America which imagines a world without water, depicting a staggeringly convincing breakdown of society and order. Whilst the author Benjamin Warner is certainly to be praised for his prose style, which remains crisp and poetic throughout, Thirst does not quite successfully land the emotional ending it

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INTERVIEW: Ali Shaw

Ali Shaw Ali Shaw is the author of The Trees, The Man who Rained and The Girl with Glass Feet, which won the Desmond Elliott Prize for first novels. He grew up in Dorset and studied English Literature and Creative Writing at Lancaster University, then went on to work as a bookseller and at Oxford’s Bodleian Library. He lives with

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BOOK REVIEW: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them: The Original Screenplay

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them begins with an introduction – by way of dramatic effect – to our protagonist Grindelwald– via a montage of his villainous acts (for the novice, a montage is a series of moving shots, in this case; newspaper articles). It works well, however,  I couldn’t help but desire more; I

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