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The House Between the Tides – Sarah Maine

It was after reading Project Lectito’s review of The House Between the Tides that it made its way to the top of my reading pile. Having likened it to Du Maurier’s Rebecca – one of my very, very favourite books – I was immediately sold, and with the bleak and blustery weather we’ve been having […]

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The Girls – Emma Cline

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  After a short term work contract ended earlier than I had anticipated, I found myself between jobs for the first time in years. And while many would chose to indulge in pillowy lie-ins, crawling out of bed at lunch time and spending leusirely afternoons idly watching Netflix, rejoicing in their unexpected free time, such was […]

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My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante

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My reading list is something of a haphazard pile. Made up of reading recommendations from friends and fellow bloggers it’s often a classic-heavy collection made up of titles I’ve jotted down on my phone with little or no recollection of where or why they’re there, to books I bought a number of years ago but […]

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The Muse – Jessie Burton

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After a recent trip back to London, which involved sorting through hundreds of books that had been packed away in every available nook and cranny of my mum and step-dad’s cottage, I was left with the arduous task of which books to give away, which to leave in storage, and which should come back to […]

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It was while I was clearing out the remnants of my possessions in my London flat while on a recent trip back to the UK that I came across a nameless novel from Hodder Books. As well as having no title to speak of, said book also lacked both a blurb and any evidence of […]

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The Modern Yogi Project: In the Beginning

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Things have been rather stressful of late. My Instagram feed may be made up of picturesque sunrises that show Bondi basking in an early morning glow and cozy book nooks with steaming cups of tea, and while the vast majority of the time I’m living the Australian dream, that’s not to say there aren’t stresses […]

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Mad Girl – Bryony Gordon


Ever since I read Bryony Gordon’s memoir of her misspent twenties – The Wrong Knickers – almost two years ago, I’ve been eagerly awaiting a follow-on and consequently continued to read in earnest Gordon’s Telegraph columns in absence of said sequel. Thus it was with utter glee that I found out that Bryony was indeed writing a […]

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All Things Cease to Appear – Elizabeth Brundage

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It was shortly after finishing Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life that I began All Things Cease to Appear. So consumed had I been by Yanagihara’s second novel that I was at a loss for what – if anything – I should read next. Keen for a meaty page-tuner that would reel me in from the […]

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A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara

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I was gifted A Little Life for my 30th birthday by two of my wonderful friends Nik and Mitch. With a matter of hours to spare before the clock struck midnight on the final eve of my twenties, I had finished the long, laborious, emotional and enriching challenge of finishing the BBC Top 100; a feat that […]

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The Bricks that Built the Houses – Kate Tempest

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It was shortly after booking tickets to see Kate Tempest at a panel event at the forthcoming Sydney Writer’s Festival that one of my best friends in London recommended I read her debut novel, The Bricks that Built the Houses. An actress and voracious reader, I implicitly trust my friend’s taste in books, but I […]

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