Tag: Debut Author

BOOK REVIEW: Ruin’s Wake by Patrick Edwards

‘Ruin’s Wake imagines a world ruled by a totalitarian government, where history has been erased and individual identity is replaced by the machinations of the state. As the characters try to save what they hold most dear – in one case a dying son, in the other secret love – their fates converge to a

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BOOK REVIEW: The Wrong Heaven by Amy Bonnaffons

With her debut short story collection, Amy Bonnaffons gives us modern day magical realism complete with inquisitive, hopeful 21stcentury female characters in The Wrong Heaven. Compared to the literary powerhouses George Saunders (on more than one occasion) and Alissa Nutting, Bonnaffons’ writing is funny, sometimes goofy and incredibly inventive. These short stories mostly address young

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BOOK REVIEW: Show Them A Good Time by Nicole Flattery

There are times, when reading a short story collection, that my interest dips. I’m half-way through, around four stories in, and only the opener has really hit the high mark that was promised. It becomes a task then, the finish the rest. Show Them A Good Time by Nicole Flattery is enthralling from start to finish

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INTERVIEW: Josh Denslow

We had the pleasure of interviewing Josh Denslow an emerging voice on the short story scene regarding his breakout hit and debut collection ‘Not Everyone Is Special‘ – here’s what he had to say to STORGY Magazine… Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and your first engagement with literature? I’m a dude

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BOOK REVIEW: Not Everyone Is Special by Josh Denslow

For me, writing good fiction is about punching the reader through the chest and laying hold of their still beating heart, crushing it, and not relinquishing that hold until the book is finished. If that’s your type of writing then look no further than this very bold and daring debut collection from Josh Denslow. Not

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BOOK REVIEW: The Study Circle by Haroun Khan

If you didn’t know The Study Circle was a debut novel before you read it, I guarantee you never would’ve guessed. I certainly didn’t. Haroun Khan’s first novel is raw in subject matter and sophisticated in style. In an essay titled “My Political Novel”, Khan explains how the novel was a written over a two-year period.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas by Daniel James

Who is Ezra Maas? Is he Daniel James the author of this ambitious fiction (or is it non-fiction?)? Is he a real artist? Is it a fake name that a group of artists hide behind? Or did James make him up for this book? These are some of the questions that’ll follow you as you

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BOOK REVIEW: Ironopolis by Glen James Brown

I’m not too sure what I expected with Ironopolis…but it wasn’t this, no preamble just straight in to the heart and message of this wonderful offering from Glen James Brown and Parthian Books. It is not a book I would naturally be drawn to reading…but drawn I was, like a wasp to a jam sandwich!

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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: 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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