Review: Markus Zusak – Boys Will Be Boys, EIBF 2019

The people behind the EIBF outdo themselves every year and 2019 is even more brilliant than 2018. There are so many authors, number of events for young and old and many writing and craft sessions. They have made sure that anyone can find something by having so many diverse writers from all over the world and this reviewer was so very lucky to attend the session with Markus Zusak author of The Book Thief and his latest Bridge of Clay.

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Review: Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin

There are some books that upon opening make you wonder what is going on in this story. Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin is definitely one of those books. It feels surreal, feverish and impossible to put down because every page offers a new mystery rather than a solution. It is a gripping story that reveals to us the intricacies of motherhood but also imposes a lot of questions on the reader in regards to boundaries and obsession.

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Review: The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

Not a day goes by without a mention of Brexit or Trump’s wall, the words refugee, immigrant and migrants and their manifold connotations. The world can be an ugly place at times and one of literature’s roles is to show us this ugliness. Cristina Henriquez discusses exactly this in her novel, The Book of Unknown Americans; she shows the reader people at their best and their worst and she does so with such compassion that the reader can find inexplicable beauty even in the most heart-breaking places of the narrative making The Book of Unknown Americans incredibly relevant to our present days.

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Review: The Lost Ones by Anita Frank

Leo Tolstoy writes in the opening of Anna Karenina that ‘every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.’ And Anita Frank takes that sentiment to a whole new level of writing. Frank’s novel The Lost Ones offers its readers ghosts, murder, drama and a lot of dirty secrets whilst portraying family tragedies and their consequences.

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Review: My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

To be human is to tell stories and sometimes these stories are ugly and difficult to stomach. Kate Elizabeth Russell’s debut novel My Dark Vanessa is exactly one of these stories; it is raw, dark and necessary to read. Humans are a complex universe of beauty and ugliness, truth and lies and Kate Elizabeth Russell’s book holds a mirror to our world in order to explore important and difficult topics: sexual trauma, consent, rape and manipulation.

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