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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...

February 3, 2016

If your family was invited to adopt a chimpanzee, and treat him as a child or sibling, would you do it? In Kaitlyn Greenidge’s startling debut novel, the Freeman family do just that: they move into a Chimpanzee research institute on the “white side of town” and adopt C...

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...

January 23, 2016

Jackie Copleton’s debut novel, inspired by her time living in Nagasaki, shines with a soft, poetic and sensitive light. Focusing on the long-lasting physical and emotional trauma of August 9th, 1945, it is also a heartbreaking story of love, and the relationship betwee...

January 19, 2016

Reading challenges are all the rage these days, after last year’s PopSugar book challenge went viral. This year I’ve taken on The Secret Book Club’s challenge, and one item on the list is a Young Adult novel. It’s not my preferred genre but when I received an invitatio...

January 17, 2016

A novel set in Hong Kong, about the lives of three expatriate women, will most likely attract readers because of its exoticism. However, for someone who actually is an expat in East Asia that’s ordinary life, so I was eager to see if it lived up to the reality of my ex...

January 5, 2016

Anthony Marra’s second book, The Tsar of Love and Techno, purports to be a collection of interwoven short stories. Set out like tracks on a mixtape, they create a sense of place so vivid that the remote, frozen and apocalyptic town of Kirovsk, and a quiet hillside in C...

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