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‘The Vegetarian’ – Book Review

The Vegetarian by Han Kang, translated by Deborah Smith, won the Man Booker International Prize in 2016. This is what initially drew me to the book, as I had yearned to expand my repertoire, and read books written by foreign authors, but many of the translations I have seen have been read more

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‘The Circle’ – Review

There’s a one-word endorsement from The Times on the front cover of The Circle by Dave Eggers – ‘Unputdownable’. Aside from my lack of surety that unputdownable is even a word, my reaction to this pithy assessment is binary – yes-no, one-zero, agree-disagree – which is pretty fu read more

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‘My Cousin Rachel’ – Review

Daphne du Maurier’s My Cousin Rachel could quite rightfully be described as a genre-buster. Don’t let the Bronte-esque style of the writing and the stitched-up 19th Century setting fool you into thinking this is another handsome yet turgid English period piece. My Cousin Rachel is, al read more

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‘A Dog’s Purpose’ – Review

I got a letter from a dog once. Sammy the Labrador.  Entitled ‘Be Good Not Naughty’, the letter informed me that dog training services were now on offer at a kennel we’d recently booked our own pup into. Sammy extolled the virtues of the training, saying his mum and dad ‘never go mad read more

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‘The Dinner’ – Review

“There are two things I hate in this world. People who are intolerant  of other people’s cultures, and the Dutch.” – Nigel Powers, in Austin Powers: Goldmember “After Dinner one can forgive anybody even one’s own relations” – Lady Caroline, in Oscar Wilde’s A Woman of No I read more

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The Zemlya Conspiracy

Spoiler alert – this is going to be less of a book review and more an ode to writers who have the courage to invest in themselves. Since starting For Pity Sake Publishing in 2014, I’ve been astonished by the sheer number of normal people out there who write book-length manuscrip read more

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The Zookeeper’s Wife

When I first saw the subtle, ethereal cover of The Zookeeper’s Wife with the words ‘A War Story’ set against a small but startling red background, I assumed this was a novel. And if the intriguing cover was anything to go by, I was willing to wager this would be a thumping good read. read more

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Doing It – Women Empowering Women

There are some books that influence you so profoundly that it would be a crime not to share them. My experience with Doing It: A Sex-Positive Anthology edited Karen Pickering, was one such time. This book is a bold and inspiring compilation of essays from a group of fierce and unapolo read more

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