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Review of ‘Transcription’ by Kate Atkinson

Review of ‘Transcription’ by Kate Atkinson

I went to Waterstones recently with a friend and she recommended I buy a copy of Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. The description drew me straight in and as I’d never read anything by her before I decided to give it a go. Soon afterwards, I found myself back in Waterstones with a £10 loyalty voucher to spend (if you don’t have a loyalty card, get one!) and picked up Transcription too. Being a bit shorter than Life After…

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Review of ‘A Devil Comes to Town’ by Paolo Maurensig

Review of ‘A Devil Comes to Town’ by Paolo Maurensig

Paolo Maurensig’s novel A Devil Comes to Town is an eerie tale of literary ambition and an exploration of the perils of narcissism and vanity. When an author receives an anonymous manuscript, he finds inside the story of a madness that once descended on a small, tightknit village in the Swiss mountains. Everyone in the village – which is given the name of Dichtersruhe, or ‘poet’s repose’ – is an aspiring writer, and when a top-class publisher comes to town…

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Review of ‘Tiger’ by Polly Clark

Review of ‘Tiger’ by Polly Clark

Polly Clark’s Tiger is a sweeping tale of survival that travels from a small zoo to the wild expanse of the Siberian taiga. The brilliant cast of characters includes Frieda, a primatologist struggling to overcome her drug addiction following a violent attack; Tomas, a tiger conservationist in Siberia; Edit and Zina, an Udeghe huntress and her daughter who are living alone out in the wilderness; and the Countess, a majestic tiger feared and revered by conservationists and desired as the…

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Review of ‘The Pine Islands’ by Marion Poschmann

Review of ‘The Pine Islands’ by Marion Poschmann

Translated by Jen Calleja and published in the UK by Serpent’s Tail, The Pine Islands has been longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2019. I read The Pine Islands in two sittings; at under 200 pages it’s not a long book, and was in fact the perfect afternoon read. The opening grabbed me right away. I love stories that dive right in to the action, and The Pine Islands does just that. The protagonist, Gilbert Silvester, wakes up from…

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Review of ‘Home Fire’ by Kamila Shamsie

Review of ‘Home Fire’ by Kamila Shamsie

I picked up Home Fire in my local library, quite a while after it was first published (in 2017) and several months after it won the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2018. But there was (and is) still plenty of hype surrounding this book, which meant that it was still on my radar, and when it was recommended to me by a friend on Twitter who I know has a similar taste to me I decided it was time to…

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