’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

‘Stay With Me’ by Ayobami Adebayo – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads 'There are things even love can't do... If the burden is too much and stays too long, even love bends, cracks, comes close to breaking and sometimes does break. But even when it's in a thousand pieces around your feet, that doesn't mean it's no longer love...' Yejide is hoping for a … Continue reading ‘Stay With Me’ by Ayobami Adebayo – eARC Book Review

‘A Line Made by Walking’ by Sara Baume – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads 25-year-old Frankie is living in Dublin and working part-time in a public gallery. But increasingly anxious, she abruptly quits her bedsit to live in her deceased grandmother’s creaking house in rural Ireland, close to her family. With an artist’s gift for observation, Frankie recounts the beauty and the obliteration of the world … Continue reading ‘A Line Made by Walking’ by Sara Baume – Book Review

‘Flesh and Bone and Water’ by Luiza Sauma – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads From an exciting new voice in literary fiction, a seductive, dazzling, atmospheric story of family, class, and deception set against the mesmerizing backdrops of Rio de Janeiro, London, and the Amazon River. André is a listless Brazilian teenager and the son of a successful plastic surgeon who lives a life of wealth … Continue reading ‘Flesh and Bone and Water’ by Luiza Sauma – eARC Book Review

‘The Nix’ by Nathan Hill – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads 'The best new writer of fiction in America. The best.' - John Irving Nathan Hill's brilliant debut takes the reader from the rural Midwest of the 1960s, to New York City during Occupy Wall Street; from Chicago in 1968, to wartime Norway: home of the mysterious Nix. Meet Samuel: stalled writer, bored … Continue reading ‘The Nix’ by Nathan Hill – eARC Book Review

‘Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982’ by Cho Nam-Joo – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Kim Jiyoung is a girl born to a mother whose in-laws wanted a boy. Kim Jiyoung is a sister made to share a room while her brother gets one of his own. Kim Jiyoung is a female preyed upon by male teachers at school. Kim Jiyoung is a daughter whose father blames … Continue reading ‘Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982’ by Cho Nam-Joo – eARC Book Review