Tag: Bookworm

BOOK REVIEW: Things Bright and Beautiful by Anbara Salam

Anbara Salam’s debut novel ‘Things Bright and Beautiful’ is such a vivid read. Salam is a PHD graduate of Theology and is now a research associate at Oxford University! Penguin have rightly snapped up this unique work of fiction from someone who has such a fresh, yet detailed understanding of the world around her, making

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BOOK REVIEW: Madame Zero by Sarah Hall

Sarah Hall knows how to unsettle. She knows how to write the eerie and construct the magnetic – prose that pulls you and begs to be read. She knows too, how to disturb, and of the nine stories in Madame Zero, perhaps disturb is the best way to describe them. Each have elements of the

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BOOK REVIEW: Choke Chain by Jason Donald

Choke Chain by Jason Donald has a long emotional reach. Set in 1980’s apartheid South Africa it narrates the Thorne’s dysfunctional family life with clarity and compassion. Domesticity, gender politics and inequality are explored kitchen-sink style in this simmering story where two brothers, Alex, aged twelve, and Kevin, eight, grow up in poverty with an

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BOOK REVIEW: The Life of Almost by Anna Vaught

‘Ah life, death, buried, misplaced: all a jumble, to me.’ At first glance, The Life of Almost might appear simple. After all, the book only spans across 175 pages. However, a first glance never tells the full story. Anna Vaught is a writer of novels, novellas, flash fiction and non-fiction articles. In this book, it’s

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BOOK REVIEW: The Outsider by Stephen King

Well what can be said about Stephen King that hasn’t already been said? Not a lot really, an author of over 50 books all of which are bestsellers. The master of horror has turned his hand masterfully to the crime writing genre most recently in Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers and End of Watch. Wrapping his

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BOOK REVIEW: The Upstairs Room by Katie Murray-Browne

Do you control your house: or does IT control you? This is Katie Murray-Browne’s debut novel, it is a peculiar subject matter but it is intriguing and was an enjoyable read. A typical family, Eleanor, Richard and their 2 young children buy a grand old Victorian house to renovate and make their own, BUT Eleanor

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BOOK REVIEW: The Storm King by Brendan Duffy

All small towns have their secrets, but they rarely come as dark and dingy as those rising from the waters of Greystone Lake, the backdrop for this woozy psychological thriller. When Nate McHale, a family man with a shady past, returns home for the funeral of a high school classmate, spiralling events draw him to

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BOOK REVIEW: Disco Sour by Giuseppe Porcaro

In Giuseppe Porcaro’s Disco Sour a major civil war between the different nation states of Europe causes an odyssey of self discovery and battle for democracy. Europe is broken up, only being held together by The Federation, a group of civil societies and local governments. Bastian Balthazar Bux is the lead chair of The Federation

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FICTION: The Jar by Tuuve Aro

English translation: Tuuve Aro & Donna M. Roberts   It’s inside the storage locker, diagonally above my head, un-opened, in a brown paper bag. I got it just before we left the mainland. On the street corner I stopped and slapped my forehead: “Potatoes! I forgot the potatoes!” Linus and Sam went on blabbering. I

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BOOK REVIEW: The Haunting of Henry Twist by Rebecca F. John

When I read the title of the book and saw the image on the cover, I immediately expected The Haunting of Henry Twist to be a Gothic tale. Yet, without giving too much away, the haunting referred to in the title is less a paranormal presence and more the psychological aftermath of trauma and tragedy.

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