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Six Degrees of Separation – The Book of Form and Emptiness to Bridget Jones’s Diary

Six Degrees of Separation is a meme hosted by Kate over at Books Are My Favourite and Best. It works like this: each month a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six others to form a chain. A book doesn’t need to be connected to all the titles on the list, …

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The Bewitching by Jill Dawson: ‘Is there any reason you should not be hanged?’

Jill Dawson incorporates historical figures and events into much of her fiction, often giving them a slightly subversive spin. Her last novel, The Language of Birds, explored the Lord Lucan case from the perspective of the nanny he murdered, neatly redressing the balance of the aristocracy-obsessed media’s coverage which seemed to have forgotten there was …

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Five Books I’ve Read Set in Apartment Buildings

I’ve long found an apartment building setting appealing in fiction. Fertile ground for storytelling, exploring characters’ backstories while reflecting the society they inhabit. Here are five favourites that share that setting, two with links to my reviews the other three read pre-blog. I’m beginning with Georges Perec’s Life a User’s Manual, the first novel that …

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Paperbacks to Look Out For Out for in August 2022: Part Two

I’m starting the second part of August’s paperback preview with one that didn’t seem to get quite the coverage it deserved when it was first published, or maybe I missed it. Heather Marshall’s Looking for Jane begins with the chance discovery of a misdelivered letter which sets the woman who stumbled upon it on a …

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My 2022 Booker Wish List

Not my favourite prize – sadly one of those bit the dust earlier this year when Costa withdrew their sponsorship – but I can’t resist posting some wishes for the Booker longlist, keen to give some more neglected titles an airing even though they’re unlikely to make the judges’ grade. To be eligible for the …

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The Trio by Johanna Hedman (transl. Kira Josefsson): If you like Sally Rooney…

The blurb for Swedish writer Johanna Hedman’s The Trio put me in mind a little of Liza Klaussmann’s slightly disappointing This is Gonna End in Tears which I reviewed last week. Both feature a group of close friends revisited later in life, which is what attracted me, but that’s where the similarity ends. As you’ll …

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