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Review: The Painted Ocean – Gabriel Packard

I was recommended Gabriel Packard’s debut The Painted Ocean by Jayne from Girl Tweets World shortly after reading A Little Life, so it’s been on my radar for a while. Prior to a quick trip to Singapore I was almost entirely out of books, and understandably thrilled when my friend Emma – who I met for brunch […]

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Review: The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

I’m probably one of the last people on earth to read Paula Hawkin’s The Girl on the Train. As often happens with new releases, I’m so nose-deep in my to-be-read pile that more recent reads are left by the wayside. And so it was, that many months after its initial publication, and with just a […]

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Review: 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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Review: The Bricks that Built the Houses – Kate Tempest

The Bricks That Built The Houses

  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 […]

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Review: The Bees – Laline Paull

The penultimate book I read from this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist was the only debut featured – Laline Paull’s The Bees. In the interest of complete transparency, the only reason I left it so long to read it is simply because of the six books that made the shortlist, it was the […]

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Review: Disclaimer – Renee Knight

Despite having set myself a rather strict reading schedule this year, consisting of the BBC’s Top 100, the Baileys Prize shortlist, and very little else, of late I’ve found myself veering from the path. A recent article in Stylist Magazine reviewing the latest wave of thrilling page-turners by women writers proved too much to resist and […]

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Review: The Rosie Effect – Graeme Simsion

Shortly after reading The Rosie Project when it was published last spring, I was lucky enough to meet Graeme Simsion – whose debut novel had taken the publishing world by storm – at an event on the Southbank. I’m always nervous of meeting authors whose books I enjoy; but Melbourne-based Simsion could not have been nicer. Thus […]

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Review: Life Drawing – Robin Black

Similar to writer’s block, there are times when, as a reader, I seem to hit a wall. This happened recently; I half-heartedly began a number of books but, unable to feign interest, discarded them within a few days. And for someone whose favourite past-time is reading, it can be hugely frustrating. Luckily, I was to […]

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Review: The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer

As a book blogger trying to read my way through the BBC Big Reads as well as trying to stay abreast of new releases and read recommendations from friends and family, it is not unusual for a book to escape my attention. The Shock of the Fall was one of those. Until recently it remained […]

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Review: Wake – Anna Hope

The challenge I set myself a couple of years ago – to read the BBC’s Top 100 Books – has certainly been an interesting one thus far. I’ve read a vast number of books that I wouldn’t have otherwise – most of which I’ve enjoyed; others less so. The one downside to it has been […]

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