Tag: literary fiction

Dark River by Rym Kechacha

Rym Kechacha worked as a professional ballet dancer with the Northern Ballet before becoming a teacher. She has an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmith’s University and Dark River is her debut novel. Dark River entwines two parallel stories, both centring on a mother fighting to protect her family from the impact of

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Juniper by Ross Jeffery

Ross Jeffery’s Juniper is a rare-breed indeed, a snarling animal of a novella that sinks its teeth into you and refuses to let go. From the very first line, we are draw into a surreal world where nobody is quite right in the head, and where the most innocuous people are fearsome tyrants behind closed

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In the Dream House By Carmen Maria Machado

Places are never just places in a piece of writing…The Dream House was never just the Dream House. Picture a house. What do you see? The outside? The front door? A picket fence framing its border? Do you see the kitchen table or the wallpaper in the livingroom? The pigeons nesting in the roof? Can

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The Codes of Love by Hannah Persaud

A raw and gritty look into the workings of a modern-day marriage, The Codes of Love is a gripping debut that combines soft, hazy images of the isolated countryside with the overwhelming intensity of love and lust. Hannah Persaud makes us question everything we think we understand about relationships and gets underneath the skin of

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The Southern Book Club’s Guide To Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

I remember the first time I held a Grady Hendrix book in my hand. It was the summer of 2017. I remember a distinct dearth of good books, and a kind of mounting anxiety that maybe I would never read a good book again. I’d read a string of novels in a row for review

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The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

The Exorcist is one of those things that has been around for what seems like forever, its reach has spread to many other adaptations / copycats, countless parodies and referencing in various forms of media (mainly of the film variety). But the true horror of this story is in the book itself – a masterful

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Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones – Folio Society Edition

While many people will be familiar with the story of Sophie and Wizard Howl thanks to Mayazaki’s anime blockbuster, Howl’s Moving Castle is the fantastical masterpiece of Diana Wynne Jones, celebrated adult and children’s author. I was vaguely familiar with the plotline, however I wasn’t prepared for the beauty of the story and the strong

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The Outsider by Albert Camus

I’ve not read Albert Camus before (I know, I know) but after discovering and reading ‘The Outsider‘ I can honestly say that I’ll be reading a lot more of his works (I’ve just ordered ‘The Fall’ and again it looks deliciously brilliant). ‘The Outsider‘ is a slow burning drama around one mans decent into chaos

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Our Alexandro by Timothy Boudreau

The second time Gina Oleson falls for the fiancé scam, Jenny isn’t as understanding.  A fiancé in Greece who needs help financing a business purchase?  A texted image of a check from the Bank of England for three million Euros?  Poor Gina lives in a crap Westfield, New Hampshire apartment with her elderly cousin, doesn’t

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Always North by Vicki Jarrett

Always North by Vicki Jarrett is a strange little beast, on the one hand I thought that the location and isolation that she brought to the book were astonishingly well written – you could feel the bleakness of it, the coldness of the arctic and at times when I was reading in bed, I’m sure

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