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The Ruin of Delicate Things by Beverley Lee

The Ruin of Delicate Things is a Gothic romp of a novel that combines the beauty of past masters into a meandering tale of grief, guilt, tragedy, retribution and healing of past wrongs. Also what a title – it perfectly sums up this book, and what it does to you if you fall under its

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Bright Burning Things by Lisa Harding

Bright Burning Things is a quietly beautiful novel that delicately handles the pressures of addiction illness. Sonya, a complex and kind character, pursues a path of recovery when her role as a mother to Tommy is questioned. What follows is an intense and considered portrayal of family life, highlighting strained relationships and darkened pasts. We

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No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood

Poetic, gripping, and unarguably unique, No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood is a novel on social media that we didn’t know we needed. Lockwood has taken a now well-worn, over-analysed aspect of modern society, and injected it with an impressive poignancy. What follows is a novel that crosses genres, stomping unapologetically through

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The Same Deep Water As You by Chad Lutzke

I had the pleasure of reading ‘Slow Burn On Riverside’ recently which is the prequel for ‘The Same Deep Water As You’ and I’m glad I read them this way around – as when I turned that first page the distinct voice of Jex poured from the pages and it was like returning to a

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Fanged Dandelion by Eric LaRocca

The foreword by Sara Tantlinger echoes my thoughts on what a sublime talent LaRocca is, his prose is mesmeric, his poetic turns of phrase showcase his brilliance as a storyteller and in my opinion further cement Eric LaRocca as one of the most exciting voices in indie publishing. Introduction – Eric LaRocca takes time to

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Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman – Folio Society Special Edition

An iconic and vital piece of literature, reimagined with stunning artwork to add a layer of visual storytelling, the Folio Society edition of Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses is a feast for the eyes for readers of all ages. Ask many readers what the most successful and notable young adults book series is, and most

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Houses Burning and Other Ruins by William R. Soldan

I first came to know of the name William R. Soldan when I picked up his collection ‘In Just The Right Light’ which was brilliant. So when the opportunity arose to read ‘Houses Burning and Other Ruins’ another collection, I jumped at the chance – and boy is it good. ‘Houses Burning and Other Ruins’

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A House At The Bottom Of A Lake by Josh Malerman

When I was about sixteen / seventeen it was a different time, it was a time without gadgets and phones, it was a time when you went exploring with friends or by yourself, it was a simpler time, a time I sometimes long for for my children, a time when you didn’t have to conform

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Male Tears by Benjamin Myers

I am a huge fan of Myers’ work having read many of not all of his published works and I was delighted to hear that he was releasing a short story collection with Bloomsbury Books and when I could I requested that book. Ben Myers is one of my favourite British writers, his work on

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Slow Burn on Riverside by Chad Lutzke

Slow Burn on Riverside is a beautiful little book that is set in the same universe as The Same Deep Water As You (it’s in fact a prequel) which Chad himself said can be enjoyed as a standalone and reading it this way round you will also get to see character development and a fuller

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