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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 ......
21 Mar

FROM THE ARCHIVE: The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

Article on BookDiva Philippa Gregory is one of the most popular as well as prolific writers of historical ......
16 Mar

The Storm at the Door by Stefan Merrill Block

Article on BookHugger The second book from Stefan Merrill Block has proved to be as striking as his ...
29 Sep

The Uninvited, by Liz Jensen

Review on BookGeek It starts with one child, a young girl, taking a nail gun and killing her grandmother before injuring her father for no ...
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...
28 Sep

The Misunderstanding, by Irène Némirovsky

Review on BookHugger ‘This young man, who for four years had been a kind of hero, was cowardly when faced with the daily grind, the need to...
28 Sep

The Wine of Solitude, by Irène Némirovsky

Review on BookHugger Sandra Smith’s translation of The Wine of Solitude is faultless. She captures the turns of phrase from the original te...
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....
26 Sep

Spartacus Rebellion, by Ben Kane

Review on BookChap Spartacus marches his army up to the top of Italy and then, blocked, he marches them down again to the toe. Trapped, he ...
25 Sep

The Collini Case, by Ferdinand von Schirach

Review on BookNoir The Collini Case is a short but powerful book. It can comfortably be read in an afternoon, and it will be one of the mos...
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

The City’s Son, by Tom Pollock

Review on BookGeek People say that Tom Pollock is like China Mieville, and I'd agree that this does extend further than both being men with...
24 Sep

Ravenscliffe, by Jane Sanderson

Review on BookDiva Ravenscliffe itself is certainly stronger with regard to its storyline than with the characters which it involves. Many ...
23 Sep

Comics Sketchbooks, by Steven Heller

Review on BookGeek Steven Heller’s Comics Sketchbooks opens up the private notebooks and doodle sheets of eighty-two of the world’s mor...
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

The Diviners, by Libba Bray

Review on BookGeek Libba Bray manages to write an exceptional story, and one that will captivate its audience....
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...
21 Sep

A second look at The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore

Review on BookGeek I have found from reading previous novels by Helen Dunmore that she often does a wonderful job of invoking the feel of w...
21 Sep

Dark Pools, by Scott Patterson

Review on BookHugger This book isn’t about the IT or how the programs work, it’s about the people who created the world of algo-trading, ...
20 Sep

The Colour of Milk, by Nell Leyshon

Review on BookDiva Though it does not adhere to standard literary conventions, the narrative style is ambitious and works incredibly well w...
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...