Review: Makar/Unmakar Edited by Calum Rodger

makar/unmakar is a new poetry anthology published by Tapsalteerie and edited by Calum Rodger. It is a collection that introduces the reader to twelve contemporary poets who although very different from each other have one thing in common: they are not afraid to push poetical boundaries. It is important to say here that this reviewer is not a poetry expert but rather a reader who wants to get our of their comfort zone so this review is just the personal ruminations of a keen, just-introduced-to-poetry reader.

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Review: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

It is always a joy to stumble upon a gorgeous book that also takes your breath away. Publishers have really upped their game when it comes to cover designs and although we should not judge a book by its cover, it is difficult when there are so many beautiful books staring at us from the bookshelves. One such book is The Dutch House by Ann Patchett; a gem of a book that is stunning to look at and stunning to read.

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Review: Bone China by Laura Purcell

The queen of spooky books is back with her third novel Bone China. Laura Purcell has become a name among the fans of storytelling that makes you question what is real and what is not. Both her previous novels The Silent Companions and The Corset followed the same pattern of narration that Bone China has adopted. There is a secret, there is unease, a strangeness that borders with the supernatural letting the readers decide for themselves whether or not the explanation is rational or magical.

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Review: The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst

The Sparsholt Affair opens in the manner of thousands of other books. It’s the early 1940s, the war is raging and we, the readers, are midst an Oxford college getting introduced to a handful of characters. We encounter the title character David Sparsholt immediately as a mere ‘shadow’ seen through the window and the first part of the book, which is divided into five altogether, is mainly focused on the small circle of male protagonists and their fascination with the figure of David Sparsholt. But if you think that the book’s focus is David you are wrong for his name is a symbol of a much bigger topic, a movement and its history that has slowly but steadily changed for the better: the gay movement.

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Review: The Paper Lovers by Gerard Woodward

At a first glance, reading the blurb and looking at the cover, The Paper Lovers does not jump straight out at a reader for it seems somewhat mundane and restraint. It is a story that revolves a handful of characters set in a somewhat unremarkable city with people living stereotypical suburban lives. And yet, if given the chance, the book really grips you with such intensity that it becomes a page-turner that you will not want to close until you are done.

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