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Book review: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet – David Mitchell ****

In 1799, Jacob de Zoet disembarks on the tiny island of Dejima, the Dutch East India Company’s remotest trading post in a Japan otherwise closed to the outside world. A junior clerk, his task is to uncover evidence of the previous Chief Resident’s corruption. Cold-shouldered by his compatriots, Jacob earns the trust of a local… Continue reading Book review: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet – David Mitchell ****

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Book Review: Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman ****

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds;… Continue reading Book Review: Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman ****

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Book Review: The Penelopiad – Margaret Atwood ***

For Penelope, Odysseus's wife, running a kingdom while her husband is away fighting in the Trojan War is no simple matter. Already distressed that he had been lured away because of the shocking behavior of her beautiful cousin Helen, Penelope must also raise her wayward son, face scandalous rumors, and keep more than one hundred… Continue reading Book Review: The Penelopiad – Margaret Atwood ***

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Book review: The Power – Naomi Alderman ***

“One of them says, 'Why did they do it?' And the other answers, 'Because they could.' That is the only answer there ever is.” In The Power the world is a recognisable place: there's a rich Nigerian kid who lounges around the family pool; a foster girl whose religious parents hide their true nature; a local American… Continue reading Book review: The Power – Naomi Alderman ***