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Why Visit America by Matthew Baker

Every now and then a book comes out that when you read it, your world is changed, whether that is that you’ve just discovered a writer who you now adore, whether it moves you in ways you’ve not been moved before, or that the storytelling is so sublime that the book you believe is destined

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Seventy Percent Water by Jeanette Sheppard

‘At some point, someone or something is missing from their lives.’ This is the short quote that greats you when you go to Ellipsis Zines page about Seventy Percent Water on their website, and I’d have to say that this short quote nails what the flash fiction collection is all about. Something is lost, something

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Here is the Beehive by Sarah Crossan

Taking a closely considered look at grief and guilt, Here is the Beehive is an enchanting and poetic novel that uses form to unravel the relationship between Ana, Connor and Rebecca. Ana, the grieving ‘other woman’ struggles to come to terms with how to mourn someone whose ‘real-life’ she knew very little about, despite their

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Below Deck by Sophie Hardcastle

Every once in a while, we come across a novel so impressive and so mesmerising, that we find it offers up our own sense of reflection, or an opportunity for us to consider the stories we ourselves would like to put out into the world. For me, Below Deck was just that. Throughout reading, I

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The Human Son by Adrian J Walker

The Earth is healed and humans have been extinct for 500 years. Those two things are connected. In the dying days of human civilisation a scientist created a better species, the Erta. Human-like but with none of their physical and emotional flaws. They are walking problem solvers with one purpose – to fix the Earth.

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If It Bleeds by Stephen King

Reading Stephen King for me is a type of therapy; one that is good for the soul and mind. When I get a new book from him it’s like sliding on a pair of comfy slippers, pouring myself a hot steaming cup of coffee and disappearing for a while into the world and characters he’s

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The Lost Future of Pepperharrow by Natasha Pulley

Dive into steam-punk Japan with Natasha Pulley’s highly anticipated sequel, The Lost Future of Pepperharrow. Favourite characters return for an exciting, daring adventure, which perfectly blends the worlds of science and mythology. New additions help keep the story fresh, and Pulley’s decision to shift the setting to some lesser-known areas of Japan allows for some

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The Seduction by Joanna Briscoe

Beth an artist is a woman harassed in life, torn between her American partner Sol, thirteen year old daughter Fern – art and the disappearance of her mother when she was just thirteen. Beth is a complicated and highly anxious protagonist, who is encouraged by Sol, so seek therapy with Dr Tamara Bywater – who

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Diary of a Murderer by Kim Young-ha

Delving into Diary of a Murderer, one is filled with a curious sense of unease. Despite holding short stories of definite direction and plots, one wanders around inside them as if in a David Lynch movie. We have characters, progressions and plot twists, but they somehow the tone of these stories supersedes their storylines. There

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Bone China Laura Purcell

Hester Why is running from her past. Louise Pinecroft is waiting for resolution. But in Morvoren House, no one gets what they want. Bone China is the latest novel from Laura Purcell – a modern queen of gothic fiction. Fans of her sinister story-telling in The Silent Companions will be delighted with this new tale,

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