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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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‘Before I Go to Sleep’ – Review

There are some books that once started, there’s simply no stopping. In my experience, these books are few and far between, so when you do land yourself with a novel that invades your brain and engages you to the point where literally all you can do is plonk yourself down with a cup of 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 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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