Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.  In the placid, progressive, carefully constructed suburb of Shaker Heights, everything is just as it always had been; the kids, parents, neighbours and communities all knew…

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Review: When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy

Captivated by a university professor’s politics and poetry, the narrator of When I Hit You falls in love with him and agrees to marry him with more feeling than thought. But what she assumed would be a life full of love and new adventures soon turns sour, as he starts to force her into the box…

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Books I want to read this autumn

Wow, I can’t believe how fast this summer went and that it’s time to talk about my next seasonal TBR! Sadly, I didn’t make it through all the books I listed in my ‘Books I want to read this summer’ blog post so some of these you’ll recognise from that post, but I did make…

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Review: The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan

After devouring The Keeper of Lost Things earlier this year, I was really excited to get into Ruth’s second book, The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes, in the hopes that her writing would be just as fabulous. After finishing the novel, I have mixed feelings about it… Our protagonist Masha is learning to live after…

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Library Haul #1

Welcome to the start of a new series I’m planning on doing. Since moving back home with my parents while I try and finish my MA dissertation (3 weeks and counting!!) and look for jobs in the real world, I’ve promised that I will try and cut back on my book buying, getting new books…

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Monthly Favourite: August

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again… Rebecca had sat on my shelves for about 3 years before I got round to actually reading it. Every time I looked at it, I thought “I would love to read that at some point but not right now”, and reached for…

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Review: Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

Innovative in style, its humour by turns punchy and tender, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit is a few days ride into the bizarre outpost of religious excess and human obsession. It’s a love story too. Part memoir, part fiction, this short novel depicts the adolescence of a bright, vivacious orphan girl adopted into a strict Pentecostal…

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Women in translation month: my suggestions

With August as women in translation month (and since I am a female translator myself), I thought I’d have a rummage on my shelves and see what I’ve got hiding away! Interestingly, it appeared that if the book was originally written by a man, it was more likely that it would be translated into English…

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Monthly Favourite: July

A Man called Ove by Fredrik Backman, translated by Henning Koch “Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots – joggers, neighbours who can’t reverse a trailer properly and shop assistants who talk in code. But isn’t it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity…

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Great books to give a friend

I tend to find that the summer and autumn a very birthday-heavy seasons and I love taking the opportunity to give my friends not only something that I love, but also something that I think they’ll love. With that in mind, I’ve made a list of 10 books that I would give, have given or…

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