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A lesson in positive thinking: ‘All the Good Things’ by Clare Fisher

I make no apologies for being mainly drawn to escapist comfort reading at the moment.  It has hampered my reviewing though, a real problem with most literary fiction is that it tends to depict sadness more than joy, despair more than hope.  It’s … Continue reading

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Period escapism: A Dance to the Music of Time (Part 1 – Spring) by Anthony Powell

As I wrote earlier in the week, I’ve been very drawn to escapist literature at the moment.  Normally, this would mean binge-reading Agatha Christie, but I rather overdid things with the Queen of Crime during autumn (by which I mean, … Continue reading

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Past and present: ‘The Dark Circle’ by Linda Grant

With the exception of prize shortlist reading, the only books that seem to be grabbing my attention at the moment are those promising cosy escapism.  I want to spend my leisure time in a different time, where the problems seem less … Continue reading

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‘Stay with Me’ by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀

‘Stay with Me’ by Ayọbámi Adébáyọ is about so many things it’s hard to know where to begin.  From themes which are generally familiar to UK readers (difficult in-laws, neglected childhood, bereavement and infertility) to issues rarely covered in British fiction … Continue reading

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A Potential Great American Novel: ‘The Sport of Kings’ by C E Morgan

‘The Sport of Kings’ is a book that demands attention.  It stood out in the Bailey’s shortlist due to its size – at 560 pages it physically dwarfs all the other nominees; it also probably has my favourite cover on the list … Continue reading

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Irish Noir: ‘The Blood Miracles’ by Lisa McInerney

Around this time list year, I was waxing lyrical about McInerney’s perfectly titled debut novel ‘The Glorious Heresies.’  The book rightly won the 2016 Baileys Prize and now its sequel, ‘The Blood Miracles’, has come out just in time to … Continue reading

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One of the best Russian authors you’ve never heard of: ‘The History of a Town’ by M E Saltykov-Shchedrin

In 2015, I embarked on a  twelve month Russian reading challenge.  Now that we’re in the middle of a year filled with commemorations of the 1917 revolution, I suspect I may have jumped the gun slightly.  I can’t feel many … Continue reading

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