January Round Up – The Books I Read In January 2016

In January I read eight books, all of them fiction: Shtum by Jem Lester (Orion Books) – Sure to be a big hit when it is published in April, Shtum is a wonderful, moving story of a family raising a young boy with autism. As he reaches his breaking point, Ben Jewell and his wife …

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Grief Is The Thing With Feathers by Max Porter

I’d heard great things about Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, the first book by Max Porter so I was very much looking forward to reading it. At 114 pages in length it is a relatively short novel yet it contains so much within its pages, resulting in a sad, yet beautiful portrayal of grief. ‘I won’t …

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All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

When I heard the premise for All the Birds in the Sky, I was immediately drawn to it. The debut novel by Charlie Jane Anders is a weird and wonderful blend of genres that sees the worlds of fantasy and science fiction combine. ‘Once or twice, in school, she had a flashback of a bird …

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The Shadow Hour by Kate Riordan

I have always been drawn to novels set in a different era, particularly those that centre around one household. Kate Riordan’s latest novel, The Shadow Hour was no exception. Set in the majestic Fenix House the story promised a world of secrets and shadows and an extraordinary family history, and it didn’t disappoint. ‘Not all …

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The Unusual Possession of Alastair Stubb by David John Griffin

Published in November last year by independent publisher Urbane Publications, The Unusual Possession of Alastair Stubb is a weird and wonderful gothic tale. ‘Only insects inhabiting dark places were real, all other living creatures seen as dream imaginings, coloured shadows cast onto an equally shadowy world.’ My interest was piqued from the beginning of the …

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The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Originally published in 1998, Barbara Kingsolver’s much loved novel, The Poisonwood Bible tells the story of the Price family, a missionary family who in 1959 move from their home in Georgia to the village of Kilanga in the Belgian Congo. ‘Imagine a ruin so strange it must never have happened’ The book is split into …

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Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume

Sara Baume’s exceptional debut novel has picked up nominations for the Costa Book Awards and the Guardian First Book award amongst numerous rave reviews. Now, this moving, lyrical story of one man and his dog has earned a place on my bookshelf as one of my favourite books of recent years. ‘You’re Sellotaped to the …

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