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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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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