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Review: Behold The Dreamers – Imbolo Mbue

Prior to moving to LA I decided to deidcate the reading time I had while residing in California to nothing but American Lit. The rules around what constituted as falling under said category were fairly loose – as long as it was either written by an American, or set in America it could make my […]

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Review: Barbarian Days – William Finnegan

I first heard about William Finnegan’s surfing memoir Barbarian Days when one of my very favourite authors, Emylia Hall, recommended it to me. I’d read and adored her novel The Sea Between Us; which was set on Cornwall’s rugged coastline and was a tale of surf and sand and love and loss and she later […]

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Review: The Signature of All Things – Elizabeth Gilbert

I’ve read four of Elizabeth Gilbert’s previous books – Eat Pray Love, Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It, Big Magic and The Last American Man, but The Signature of All Things – long-listed for the 2014 Baileys Prize – is the first novel of hers I’ve read. As Gilbert’s first work of fiction for over […]

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Review: A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

A Fine Balance

I’ve been recommended Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance many-a-time over the past few years. Firstly by a friend Laura who I interned with at the beginning of my time in London, then by one of my best friend’s Sarah, who was taught English by Mistry’s wife when living in Tortonto; and lastly by my friend […]

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Review: Little Deaths – Emma Flint

Back in February when my mum and step-dad visited me in Sydney from the UK, I had got in touch with a number of book publicists back home who I knew from my book blogging days in London. Despite having lived in Sydney for almost two years now, I still try to keep abreast of […]

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Review: The Dry – Jane Harper

The Dry is one of those books that I had seen almost everywhere prior to actually reading it myself. I remember seeing someone reading it at a hotel in Seminyak, then again at the airport in Malaysia; on the tube in London and finally on the plane back o Australia. And so, on returning to […]

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Review: The Thousand Lights Hotel – Emylia Hall

I’ve been a huge fan of Emylia Hall’s ever since I first read her debut, The Book of Summers, many moons ago. So enthralled was I with this tale of hot and heady summers in Hungary, so inspired was I by her writing, that I soon after followed in Hall’s footsteps by attending an Arvon […]

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Review: Testimony – Anita Shreve

For me, the best kind of books are those that take you by surprise. The sort that you weren’t expecting to enjoy; the kind that you had little or no expectations for, yet that managed, in one fell swoop, to blow you away. I’ve had a handful of Anita Shreve books on my shelves for […]

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Vinegar Girl – Anne Tyler

I first read Anne Tyler a couple of years ago when Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant was recommended to me; and then went on to read A Spool of Blue Thread when it was shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction two years ago. An all-American writer her books are comforting, yet intelligent, and […]

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Review: Hot Milk – Deborah Levy

It was the cover that drew me in; it often is when it comes to books. I was on a 3 week trip back to London, and under strict self-imposed instructions not to buy any books. Having travelled with hand luggage only, I already had three to take back to Bali and suffice it to […]

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