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The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

May 23, 2020

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February 2, 2017

Sahota’s second novel is a sweeping, lyrical epic that traces the lives of four young Indians of varying legality as they struggle to make their way in an England that is less welcoming than they expected. It tells their stories: what they have run away from, who they...

October 24, 2016

When Autopsy Bliss writes an open letter inviting the devil to come to the small town of Breathed, no one expects him to be a little boy, whose arrival coincides with a heatwave intense enough to drive the town mad, riled up into a violent mob by extremists. Autopsy’s...

July 20, 2016

There’s nothing better to read on a hot summer day than a spine-chilling, bloody thriller. Rivaling Psycho for gore, but with the feel of a Wes Anderson hotel, Security is definitely one of the biggest hits of the year. I can’t believe this is Gina Wohlsdorf’s debut no...

June 11, 2016

One of the criteria by which I judge my enjoyment of a book is the degree to which I am immersed in it. When the awareness of the words on the page falls away and I’m sucked into the world of the book, the thoughts of the characters, and forget that I’m reading – that...

May 12, 2016

On Day Zero, the collapse of civilization was as instantaneous as it was inevitable. A South African man finds himself trapped on a beach, with the vague and haunting vision of his son.

May 10, 2016

Wonderfully translated from the original Spanish by Sophie Hughes, Iván Repila’s The Boy Who Stole Attila’s Horse is a quick but tough read. It is a story of suffering and betrayal, of fraternal love and sibling rivalry, and some reviewers also argue that it is a macro...

May 7, 2016

I don’t often listen to audiobooks – mostly because I tend to doze off, and then I lose my place. Or I get distracted and stop listening for a moment, and lose my place. Well, some books are just meant to be heard rather than read, and The Magic Strings of Frankie Pres...

March 20, 2016

It takes a very good writer to make a subject that seems dry and technical come to life as vividly and with as much imagery as a William Wordsworth poem. That’s what Virginia Reeves has done in this spectacular book: she has taken electrical engineering and imbued it w...

March 3, 2016

Pulitzer-prize winner Elizabeth Strout has done it again with this heartfelt gem of a book. It’s one of those books where nothing really happens but that’s not what’s important. It’s a captured moment that reflects a lifetime of complexity in the relationship between a...

January 31, 2016

Triggered by an overheard snippet at a dinner, “So I jumped out of a tree, and I killed him with my knife,” Helen Shankman’s collection of eight connected stories set in Poland during the German occupation is a masterpiece of narrative structure and psychological explo...

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