Contemporary Fiction

20 May

FROM THE ARCHIVE: The Flea Palace by Elif Shafak

Article on BookDiva The Flea Palace is a marvellously rich novel that conveys the intensity, splendour and diversity ......
10 Nov

Illegal Liaisons, by Grazyna Plebanek

Review on BookHugger A study of a successful, young, Polish couple's life outside of Poland, living in the heartland of the European Union, i...
10 Nov

Eighty Days Red, by Vina Jackson

Review on BookDiva A story about growing up, about getting to know yourself and learning what you want in life and, just as importantly, wh...
10 Nov

Reflected in You, by Sylvia Day

Review on BookDiva A fascinating - at times frustrating - sexy and gripping story, the sequel to Bared to You....
03 Oct

Telegraph Avenue, by Michael Chabon

Review on BookChap With Telegraph Avenue Chabon investigates the kind of forgotten crimes, both real and imagined, that exist in all commun...
01 Oct

The Murder of Halland, by Pia Juul

Review on BookHugger Juul’s writing is both matter-of-fact and heartrending, and she is able to masterfully build up atmosphere and add to ...
29 Sep

Close Your Eyes, by Ewan Morrison

Review on BookHugger Utopians often imagine children to be innocent and untainted, when few environments are as brutally efficient at punishi...
27 Sep

The Mystery of Mercy Close, by Marian Keyes

Review on BookDiva A well written book with funny and life-like characters and a perfect balance between light relief and dark moments....
25 Sep

A second extract from The Confidant, by Helene Gremillion

Extract on BookHugger This powerful first novel by Helene Gremillion is a gripping study of the destruction unleashed, when human desires for ...
25 Sep

The Shoestring Club, by Sarah Webb

Review on BookDiva The Shoestring Club is well written and has a pace and directness that will appeal to many. Dare I refer to it as chick-...
24 Sep

Junot Díaz on how he writes…

Article on BookHugger On the publication of his collection This Is How You Lose Her, Junot Díaz, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Brief W...
23 Sep

Unsticky, by Sarra Manning

Review on BookDiva Although the plot seems to leave a little to be desired on paper, Manning’s incredible eye for detail brings the story...
22 Sep

You and I, by Emily Gillmor Murphy

Review on BookDiva You and I is a first-hand exploration of first love in Ireland, written by a promising young author who is living throug...
20 Sep

Haven of Obedience, by Marina Anderson

Review on BookDiva This book has an interesting premise. The idea of powerful men and women getting so engrossed in their own greatness tha...
19 Sep

Night Dancer, by Chika Unigwe

Review on BookDiva Night Dancer is essentially a novel of self-discovery; of evaluating and embracing life, and learning to understand thos...
18 Sep

The Forrests, by Emily Perkins

Review on BookHugger Perkins’ prose has been very well considered; indeed, it is often better than the story which unfolds around it....
15 Sep

Hello Kitty Must Die, by Angela S. Choi

Review on BookHugger Choi, who studied law at Yale, puts her own experience to good use, highlighting the ruthless nature of law firms, the p...
14 Sep

The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach

Review on BookHugger ...this is an amazingly accomplished piece of work.
11 Sep

The Vanishing Act, by Mette Jakobsen

Review on BookHugger A sense of magic has been woven into the book throughout, and it seems to follow the same vein of novels as Eowyn Ivey...
09 Sep

Fifty Shames of Earl Grey, by Fanny Merkin

Review on BookDiva It made me laugh and it really made me want a cup of tea...
07 Sep

Eighty Days Yellow, by Vina Jackson

Review on BookDiva This is the story of a voyage of sexual self-discovery and will probably appeal to a different sort of reader than the ...