The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads In some territories this book is being published under the title 'A Girl is a Body of Water' A powerful feminist rendition of Ugandan origin tales, The First Woman tells the story of Kirabo, the equivalent of Eve in Ugandan mythology. Smart, headstrong, and flawed, Kirabo is raised by doting grandparents in … Continue reading The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi – eARC Book Review

Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads A misfit man finds a misfit dog. Ray, aged fifty-seven, ‘too old for starting over, too young for giving up’, and One Eye, a vicious little bugger, smaller than expected, a good ratter. Both are accustomed to being alone, unloved, outcast – but they quickly find in each other a strange companionship … Continue reading Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume – Book Review

The Life of a Banana by P.P. Wong – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Xing Li is what some Chinese people call a banana - yellow on the outside and white on the inside. Although born and raised in London, she never feels like she fits in. When her mother dies, she moves with her older brother to live with venomous Grandma, strange Uncle Ho and … Continue reading The Life of a Banana by P.P. Wong – eARC Book Review

Coming Up for Air by Sarah Leipciger – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Three extraordinary lives intertwine across oceans and centuries. On the banks of the River Seine in 1899, a heartbroken young woman takes her final breath before plunging into the icy water. Although she does not know it, her decision will set in motion an astonishing chain of events. It will lead to … Continue reading Coming Up for Air by Sarah Leipciger – eARC Book Review

Possession by A.S. Byatt – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads "Possession" is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once an intellectual mystery and a triumphant love story. "Literary critics make natural detectives," says Maud Bailey, heroine of a mystery where the clues lurk in university libraries, old letters, and dusty journals. Together with Roland Michell, a fellow academic and accidental … Continue reading Possession by A.S. Byatt – Book Review

’10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World’ by Elif Shafak – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads An intensely powerful new novel from the best-selling author of The Bastard of Istanbul and Honour 'In the first minute following her death, Tequila Leila's consciousness began to ebb, slowly and steadily, like a tide receding from the shore. Her brain cells, having run out of blood, were now completely deprived of oxygen. But they … Continue reading ’10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World’ by Elif Shafak – Book Review

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a … Continue reading ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood – Book Review

‘Ducks, Newburyport’ by Lucy Ellman – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Latticing one cherry pie after another, an Ohio housewife tries to bridge the gaps between reality and the torrent of meaningless info that is the United States of America. She worries about her children, her dead parents, African elephants, the bedroom rituals of 'happy couples', Weapons of Mass Destruction, and how to … Continue reading ‘Ducks, Newburyport’ by Lucy Ellman – Book Review

‘Grief is the Thing with Feathers’ by Max Porter – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother's sudden death. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness. In this moment of despair they are visited by Crow - antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This self-described sentimental bird … Continue reading ‘Grief is the Thing with Feathers’ by Max Porter – Book Review

‘Encyclopaedia of Snow’ by Sarah Emily Miano – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads 'My wish is that you will take the key I have given you, which will give you access to my entire life: my book of solutions, all the stories I have known. Take and do with them as you please. I trust you to fill in the blanks - with your stories, … Continue reading ‘Encyclopaedia of Snow’ by Sarah Emily Miano – Book Review