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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...

December 23, 2015

If you’re into independent South African horror, fantasy or weird fiction, you’ve probably come across Nerine Dorman’s excellent work as both an author and editor. She runs the Bloody Parchment short story contest in conjunction with the South African Horrorfest, and h...

December 23, 2015

Londoners will recognise and love this ode to human experience, while others get a glimpse behind the scenes, beyond the marketed double-decker Big Ben dream, to the diverse perspectives, priorities and perceptions it expresses. Jaq Hazell expertly captures a range of...

November 27, 2015

 Beautifully translated by Karen Emmerich, Something Will Happen, You’ll See is a modern Greek tragedy. Telling the stories of ordinary people whose lives have been destroyed by Greece’s economic crisis, it echoes the classical tragedies in form, while using completely...

November 26, 2015

Winner of the Pushcart Prize 2015, Best American Short Stories 2015 and Amazon Book of the Month October 2015, Thirteen Ways of Looking is one of those books that makes you gasp for breath afterwards. Taking the form of a novella and three short stories, which were wri...

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