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BOOK REVIEW: How The Light Gets In by Clare Fisher

Every time I start a review about a short story collection, I say the same thing. I say how they are a thing of beauty – a snapshot of life, held between one or three pages, maybe fourteen or fifteen – and that truly great short story collections transport you everywhere and anywhere, from one

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BOOK REVIEW: Three Dreams in the Key of G by Marc Nash

Hidden amongst the words and paragraphs of Three Dreams In the Key Of G is a secret code that is begging to be deciphered. It’s there, the ultimate thesis Marc Nash wants us to take away from his story, I can see it. But, every time I thought I had a good grasp on it,

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BOOK REVIEW: Politics of the Asylum by Adam Steiner

Hospitals are a narrative gold-mine. These are places where lives end and begin, love is declared and hearts are fixed and broken. They make for great metaphors, too – Lindsay Anderson’s ‘Britannia Hospital’ anatomised a whole surgeon’s gallery of English maladies through the lurching tones of comedy, satire and outright body horror. With the NHS

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BOOK REVIEW: As A God Might Be by Neil Griffiths

As A God Might Be is an excellent 300 page novel. Unfortunately it’s 650 pages long. What’s the obsession with long books? The assumption that because a novel has the heft to beat a kitten to death, it must have value? There’s beauty in restraint, in taking time to concentrate on the immediate, rather than

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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: Another Justified Sinner by Sophie Hopesmith

I have to admit, I am not a massive fan of Another Justified Sinner’s opening, with the masturbating ghost and the vibrating pussy. I don’t think those bring the right reaction in me for I find them ever so slightly comical and can’t help but picturing a white apparition fondling themselves under a sheet or

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BOOK REVIEW: Zero Hours by Neil Campbell

‘I walked in on my first shift and was met by the manager, Hakan. He was a little prick. I could see it from the start.’ So begins Zero Hours, the second in a proposed ‘Manchester Trilogy’ by realist writer Neil Campbell. We are back with our troubadour narrator, bouncing from menial job to menial

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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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