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A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders

George Saunders, lauded for his short stories and winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Lincoln in the Bardo, has been a teacher on the Syracuse University MFA creative writing program since 1997. This book is based on one of his Syracuse courses on Russian literature. A Swim in a Pond includes seven classic

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Girl on Fire by Gemma Amor

What a book… I did help format this book but my review is based on the fabulous writing that is held within the pages and not my involvement in the project (just for transparency I wanted to mention that small fact). Girl on Fire wastes no time and throwing the reader headlong into the story,

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Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert Heinlein (Folio Society Edition)

A classic that feels on the forefront of its genre, it’s not hard to understand why Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land has been hailed as one of the novels which set the tone for popular science-fiction. Yet, in addition to the Martian lands and futuristic practices, Heinlein also offers up his powerful comments

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Lightseekers by Femi Kayode

Here’s an interesting premise for a thriller: three students are brutally attacked and lynched by a mob in the Nigerian university town of Okriki. Everybody knows who did it – the whole thing was captured on social media – but nobody knows why. Dr Philip Taiwo, a psychologist and expert on the behaviour of crowds,

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Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah

Informative and necessary, Abdulrazak Gurnah uses stripped back prose to tell the stories of Hamza, Ilyas and Afiya in his insightful new novel, Afterlives. It’s a satisfying linear tale, and one that doesn’t need any literary embellishments to bring the narrative to life. Gurnah takes us through the lives of his characters in a simple, effective

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All Of Them To Burn by Beau Johnson

A huge thank you goes out to Well Read Beard – why have you not subscribed to his YouTube channel yet, you are missing a trick. So I’ve made it easier for you, just click here and have your mind opened to a whole host of indie writers you’ve not heard of but need to

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Dust & Time by Mitch Sebourn

I first discovered Mitch Sebourn during the Covid pandemic – and I have to say it’s one of the best things that has come out of all that crazy! With being stuck in the house and not a lot to do (when I wasn’t at work) I also decided to set up a YouTube channel

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Scattered Little Pieces by Wayne Fenlon

Drabbles – A drabble is a short work of fiction of precisely one hundred words in length. The purpose of the drabble is brevity, testing the author’s ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in a confined space. Drabbles are fiction that is 100 words long. I was first introduced to these by my good

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Curfew by Kev Harrison

When I first read Kev Harrison earlier this year (The Balance) I was blown away by his offering, and I made it a conscious effort to support and follow this very talented writer, so I was delighted to see that Demain Publishing (who have published him previously – Cinders of a Blind Man Who Could

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Buried With The Night by Syon Das

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that comes with a warning before, but that’s what we get with Buried With The Night from Syon Das – a warning that this book contains descriptions of violence that some may find disturbing, that explicit language is used freely and that reader discretion is advised. It

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