‘The Bear and the Nightingale’ by Katherine Arden – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind--she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story … Continue reading ‘The Bear and the Nightingale’ by Katherine Arden – eARC Book Review

‘Birds Art Life Death’ by Kyo Maclear

Blurb from Goodreads ‘Now when I hear birdsong, I feel an entry to that understory. When I am feeling too squeezed on the ground, exhausted by everything in my care, I look for a little sky. There are always birds flying back and forth, city birds flitting around our human edges, singing their songs.’ One … Continue reading ‘Birds Art Life Death’ by Kyo Maclear

‘You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine’ by Alexandra Kleeman – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads A lives with B. B seems to be becoming more and more like A. If A’s boyfriend, C, likes A because A is A, but now B is the same as A, where does that leave A? And what has happened to the family across the street, who left one afternoon out … Continue reading ‘You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine’ by Alexandra Kleeman – eARC Book Review

‘Hold Back the Stars’ by Katie Khan – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads A startling and evocative novel, harkening to both One Day and Gravity, a man and a woman revisit memories of their love affair on a utopian Earth while they are trapped in the vast void of space with only ninety minutes of oxygen left. After the catastrophic destruction of the Middle East and the United … Continue reading ‘Hold Back the Stars’ by Katie Khan – eARC Book Review

‘Indelible’ by Adelia Saunders – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads In this masterful, enthralling debut novel about fate and family history, a young woman sees the truth about people written on their skin. Magdalena has an unsettling gift. She sees writing on the bodies of everyone she meets—names, dates, details both banal and profound—and her only relief from the onslaught of information … Continue reading ‘Indelible’ by Adelia Saunders – eARC Book Review

‘Saltwater’ by Jessica Andrews – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Lucy is lost. Growing up in the north east she wanted more. When others were thinking about the Nissan factory or call centres she was thinking about Pete Doherty, poetry and the possibilities London seemed to offer. University was the way out, her ticket to the promised land – where she’d become … Continue reading ‘Saltwater’ by Jessica Andrews – eARC Book Review

‘Please Read This Leaflet Carefully’ by Karen Havelin – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Please Read This Leaflet Carefully, the debut novel from Norwegian writer and translator Karen Havelin, is the story of a woman whose body has become her enemy. The novel tracks backward, from 2016 until 1995, etching details of daily life into a gripping and darkly humorous bildungsroman, about the intricacies of love … Continue reading ‘Please Read This Leaflet Carefully’ by Karen Havelin – Book Review

‘The Centre of the Universe’ by Ria Voros – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Grace Carter's mother --- the celebrity news anchor GG Carter --- is everything Grace is not. GG is a star, with a flawless wardrobe and a following of thousands, while Grace --- an aspiring astrophysicist --- is into stars of another kind. She and her mother have always been in different orbits.  … Continue reading ‘The Centre of the Universe’ by Ria Voros – eARC Book Review

‘The Definition of Us’ by Sarah Harris – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads NORMAL (definition)(adj.) Conforming to a standard; regular, typical or expected(urban) A word inapplicable to human beings(Florence) Round, smooth and bumpy like a cobbled street  Florence doesn't always see things the way other people do. She feels different. When Florence meets Jasper, Andrew and Wilf she can't imagine they'd have much in common - … Continue reading ‘The Definition of Us’ by Sarah Harris – eARC Book Review

‘The Gene: An Intimate History’ by Siddhartha Mukherjee – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads THE NEW YORK TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER  ‘Dramatic and precise… [A] thrilling and comprehensive account of what seems certain to be the most radical, controversial and, to borrow from the subtitle, intimate science of our time… He is a natural storyteller… A page-turner… Read this book and steel yourself for what comes next’Bryan … Continue reading ‘The Gene: An Intimate History’ by Siddhartha Mukherjee – eARC Book Review

‘The First Time Lauren Pailing Died’ by Alyson Rudd – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads An emotional, uplifting and magical novel as seen in GUARDIAN’s ‘hottest debuts of 2019’ Lauren Pailing is born in the sixties, and a child of the seventies. She is thirteen years old the first time she dies. Lauren Pailing is a teenager in the eighties, becomes a Londoner in the nineties. And … Continue reading ‘The First Time Lauren Pailing Died’ by Alyson Rudd – Book Review

‘I Have Lost My Way’ by Gayle Forman – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads A powerful display of empathy and friendship from the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of If I Stay. Around the time that Freya loses her voice while recording her debut album, Harun is making plans to run away from home to find the boy that he loves, and Nathaniel is arriving … Continue reading ‘I Have Lost My Way’ by Gayle Forman – Book Review