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Some Days Are Better Than Ours by Barbara Byar

I’m always admirative of authors that can bring entire worlds, depict insanely convincing characters and trigger numerous emotions with only a few words, a few strokes of the pen. Barbara Byar is one of those authors. In Some Days Are Better Than Ours, she takes us through the tragic lives of numerous characters – families

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The Stranger by Steve Stred

Steve Stred with his novel The Stranger offers us a detailed meditation in horror. Stred has been able to siphon off the tropes of various horror sources such as films, books and real life horrors – of what makes monsters of men; and blended them to perfection with his offering of The Stranger. The Stranger

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Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll illustrated by Charles van Sandwyk – Folio Society Edition

Lewis Carroll’s extraordinary vivid dream world of Alice In Wonderland is as old as the day is long – it’s a story that has been told over and over again, and honestly it never loses its appeal. As a child I don’t remember when I first discovered it, it seemed to have always been there,

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Home Remedies by Xuan Juliana Wang

Another urgent and powerful collection from Atlantic Books. Xuan Juliana Wang provides us with a gripping and impressive collection. A collection that is told in three distinct parts – Family, Love & Time and Space. Each part of the book focuses on real lives, circumstance, immigrant life, the loss of culture, the fading of the

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The Folio Society: Midnight in the Garden of Good And Evil by John Berendt

First published in 1994, John Berendt’s account of the 1981 killing of 21-year-old Danny Hansford in the city of Savannah, Georgia by local antiques dealer Jim Williams, ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’ received massive success on its debut, remaining a New York Times best-seller for over two hundred weeks. What made William’s

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Full Throttle by Joe Hill

I was thrilled to get Full Throttle in the post for reviewing for a number of reasons, one it contained two stories co authored with his father – the great Stephen King, and two I personally felt a little short changed by his novella collection Strange Weather – there were two remarkable stories in there,

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