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Book Review: Circe – Madeline Miller *****

But in a solitary life, there are rare moments when another soul dips near yours, as stars once a year brush the earth. Such a constellation was he to me. Circe is the daughter of Helios, the sun god, and Perse, a beautiful naiad. Yet from the moment of her birth, she is an outsider… Continue reading Book Review: Circe – Madeline Miller *****

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Book Review: Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders *****

February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of… Continue reading Book Review: Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders *****

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Book Review: The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan *****

Forever after, there were for them only two sorts of men: the men who were on the Line, and the rest of humanity, who were not. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years… Continue reading Book Review: The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan *****

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Book review: I am, I am, I am – Maggie O’Farrell *****

A childhood illness she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. A terrifying encounter on a remote path. A mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital. Shocking, electric, unforgettable, this is the extraordinary memoir from Costa Novel-Award winner and Sunday Times bestselling author Maggie O'Farrell. In this book, Maggie O'Farrell… Continue reading Book review: I am, I am, I am – Maggie O’Farrell *****

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Book Review: War and Turpentine – Stefan Hertmans ****

“Il ne se passe toujours rien au front belge.” Shortly before his death in 1981, Stefan Hertmans' grandfather gave him a couple of filled exercise books. Stories he’d heard as a child had led Hertmans to suspect that their contents might be disturbing, and for years he didn’t dare to open them. When he finally… Continue reading Book Review: War and Turpentine – Stefan Hertmans ****