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A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara

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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Finding the Time to Read

  When I tell people how much I read – occasionally upwards of three books a week; often less if I’m reading a heavy classic, there’s an automatic assumption that I happen to be a quick reader or have mastered the art of speed reading. Unfortunately neither is true; for me, speeding through a book would completely […]

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Katherine – Anya Seyton

I bought Katherine by Anya Seton a couple of years ago, way back when I first decided to read by way through the BBC Top 100. It has since remained unread on my bookshelf, along with many others I am yet to read. So it was a week or so ago that I decided to […]

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Very Good Lives – JK Rowling

In 2008, J.K Rowling delivered a commencement speech to graduates at Harvard University which has since gone on to become the most viewed speech on Harvard’s website; on their YouTube channel alone it’s been viewed over 1.5 million times. Thus it was decided that said speech was to be published in book form, entitled ‘Very Good […]

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A Spool of Blue Thread – Anne Tyler

I first read Anne Tyler last year; the Baileys Womens’ Prize for Fiction ran an online campaign called #ThisBook in which we asked our followers to nominate the book, written by a woman, which had had the biggest impact on their life. Anne Tyler’s novel, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant was nominated a number of […]

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The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters

The second book I read from the Baileys Prize shortlist was The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. Prior to Sarah appearing on a writing panel at the Southbank last summer, I hadn’t yet heard of her so I had few expectations when beginning The Paying Guests. The story is set in Camberwell; the year is 1922 […]

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Outline – Rachel Cusk

Prior to reviewing the six books shortlisted for the 2015 Baileys Prize, and in the interest of total transparency, I should probably mention that despite working for the Prize, neither my reviews nor my opinions on the books hold any bearing whatsoever on the likelihood of them winning the prize. And as much as I […]

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The Last Act of Love – Cathy Retzenbrink

Last year I met Cathy, author of The Last Act of Love, when we were both on a panel at a Society of Young Publishers conference, discussing how we chose the books we read. I mentioned the influence Twitter often has when it comes to what I read, and thus it seems somewhat fitting that it […]

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The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Announce 2015 Shortlist

As much as I enjoy reading my way through the BBC Big Read, dedicating so much of my reading list to the list of both classics and contemporary greats often leaves me feeling slightly out of touch with the latest releases. Thus it was with no surprise that when the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction […]

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The Followers – Rebecca Wait

Almost exactly two years ago I read a book by debut novelist Rebecca Wait for the first time. Called The View on The Way Down it was the story of two bothers, one of whom suffered from crippling depression. The kind of book that stays with you for many months after finishing it, I still […]

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