Monthly Round-Ups

September Round-Up – The Books I Read In September 2015

In September I read and reviewed six books, all fiction: Disclaimer by Renee Knight (Transworld) – This is a gripping psychological thriller with an interesting premise. Catherine settles down with a book only to discover that its events bare a chilling similarity with her own life, including something that no-one else should know. Alternating between… Continue reading September Round-Up – The Books I Read In September 2015

Book Reviews

The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah

Having previously penned a short story collection, The Book of Memory is Zimbabwean author Petina Gappah’s first novel. Telling the story of a woman’s fight for life, this is a thoroughly enjoyable, compelling read that had me hooked from the opening paragraph: ‘The story that you have asked me to tell you does not begin… Continue reading The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah

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The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

The latest novel by Margaret Atwood is the story of a couple trying to adjust to life in the midst of an economic crisis. Stan and Charmaine are forced to live in a car, are vulnerable to the threat of gangs and struggle to make ends meet on the meagre proceeds from Charmaine’s bar work. Then, a chance… Continue reading The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

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The Spice Box Letters by Eve Makis

Long-listed for the 2015 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, Eve Makis’ fourth novel is a story of family, past and present, and the human cost of war. 'Now, I see that every relic, however battered, every scratch on every knick-knack, is engraved with a timeless story of someone’s life' Alternating between the voices of Katerina in… Continue reading The Spice Box Letters by Eve Makis

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The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

Michael Faber’s latest novel is certainly an intriguing one. The Book of Strange New Things is a science fiction novel, in it we are introduced to a new world whilst examining issues that are very much part of our human world. Our protagonist, Peter Leigh, is a Christian pastor. He was saved from a previously… Continue reading The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life, the second novel from Hanya Yanagihara has caused quite a stir in the literary world this summer, with critical acclaim, a growing fan base and recognition on the 2015 Man Booker Prize long list. With this in mind I was excited to read it, and having spent five days gripped by this… Continue reading A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

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Disclaimer by Renee Knight

Renee Knight’s debut novel Disclaimer is undoubtedly one of the most talked about books so far this year. A psychological thriller that has been compared to recent bestsellers Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. I was certainly intrigued by its premise. A woman picks up a book from her bedside table, only to… Continue reading Disclaimer by Renee Knight