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Review: Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss Rating 69%

Review: Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss

Sarah Moss has done it again, in that she has got us thinking about being female but this time in a very different capacity from the way she does in Bodies of Light or Signs for Lost Children. This time her protagonist is in the north of England, far from the hustle and bustle of large cities but not far from civilisation. Silvie and her family are living as if they are ancient Britons, surviving by the tools and knowledge of the Iron Age.

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Review: Late In The Day by Tessa Hadley Rating 95%

Review: Late In The Day by Tessa Hadley

In Tessa Hadley’s latest novel, Late in the Day, the lives of two married couples are forever changed by a premature death. Alex and Christine and Zachary and Lydia have been friends since their twenties. Now in their fifties they are still emotionally tied to one another, their friendship relying on each other playing their part. When Zachary dies a sudden and untimely death, the three remaining friends find themselves struggling with both the loss of the funny, grounding Zachary but also the changing dynamic he leaves behind.

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Review: Stitch by Samuel Tongue Rating 68%

Review: Stitch by Samuel Tongue

Samuel Tongue has recently had a new collection of poetry published via the poetry publisher up in the rural heart of Aberdeenshire, Tapasalteerie. A collection that has a real focus on animals and how as humans we treat them, exploring the animals within us. It’s an interesting and varied collection, which investigates much of humanity and spiritual belief.

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Review: An Offering by Stewart Sanderson Rating 74%

Review: An Offering by Stewart Sanderson

Tapsalteerie Press have just published a new collection of poetry from the award-winning poet, Stewart Sanderson. An Offering explores the linguistic, natural and cultural heritage of this country, rich yet inquisitive in style. With titles such as Hamesucken, Iona and lastly, Leaving Europe, it’s a collection that delves into the history and brings us back to the modern day.

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Review: The Anatomy of Silence Rating 85%

Review: The Anatomy of Silence

Not a week goes past without some sort of injustice hitting social media. It might not make the news, but in certain circles, it does the rounds. Whispered words were once the way women protected themselves from dangerous situations. Everyone knew about Harvey Weinstein before everyone knew about him because gossip was a weapon of defence. But now the world is more connected, and in some ways less beholden to laws which prevent journalists potentially printing something defamatory. The allegations towards R. Kelly and Bryan Singer began with similar whispers and are now unavoidable, the news free to report on what other people are saying online.

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Review: If Cats Disappeared From The World by Genki Kawamura Rating 73%

Review: If Cats Disappeared From The World by Genki Kawamura

The protagonist and narrator’s days are numbered, and many profound and affecting questions come to him, as he considers his life at large. Estranged from his family, living alone with only his cat Cabbage for company, he was not suspecting his doctor’s diagnosis that he has only months to live, particularly considering his youthful age of thirty. However, the Devil appears in the guise of Aloha, a version of himself wearing a Hawaiian shirt. He comes bearing an offer that at first seems too good to refuse: in exchange for making one thing in the world disappear, he can have one extra day of life, which spurs on a truly bizarre week.

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Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid Rating 82%

Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & The Six are a band that everyone is aware of, with sell-out shows and hit singles but behind the scenes there was much going on that caused the split. This novel about a fictional band, written like a biography with extracts of interviews with band members appears at first to be more narrative non-fiction but Taylor Jenkins Reid deploys this interesting narrative structure to tell the story of a band at their height in the seventies, that could represent many bands, Fleetwood Mac came to mind, that have many formidable relationships surmounting their mutual love for music.

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Review: Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit Rating 75%

Review: Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit

Concluding with a quote from Ursula LeGuin, “any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings,” Rebecca Solnit’s series of essays is written with the intention to offer hope, at a time when political, environmental and social gloom can seem overpowering. Without it, there is little to provide opportunity and the desire for change, a positive works in the midst of a bleak political sphere.

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Review: February’s Son by Alan Parks Rating 72%

Review: February’s Son by Alan Parks

A crime novel set in the dizzy heights of Glasgow that follows Harry McCoy’s shenanigans after first in the series, Bloody January, February’s Son is a Alan Parks’ gripping thriller, which screams Scottish noir, set in the seventies. Following Harry McCoy and his struggle between his troublesome past and his more upstanding present, the reader is compelled to follow Wattie, Murray, McCoy, Cooper and others to navigate the motives and whereabouts of a killer that works for the wealthy and dangerous of the city.

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