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Silence Is Goldfish by Annabel Pitcher

I really didn’t mean to buy a novel I really didn’t mean to and yes I know I get them in the post for free anyway so why would I bother buying one it’s just that it had a pretty cover and an intriguing blurb and so whoops it jumped off the shelf into my hand and then my bag and then came home (via the till, obviously, I’m not some kind of book thief).

Anyway, I’m glad I bought it, because it was good. And kind of intriguing.

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A Hope More Powerful Than The Sea by Melissa Fleming

This is not a novel. I had to keep reminding myself of that all the way through.

This is not a novel. This is real life. These things happened, and are still happening, and sadly will probably continue to happen for a while yet.

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Turning: A Swimming Memoir by Jessica J. Lee

I love swimming. I also love books. So when I was asked whether I wanted a review copy of Turning, Jessica J. Lee’s memoir of a year swimming in lakes around Germany, I of course said yes.

It’s always a bit weird reviewing a memoir. How do you review someone’s feelings?

You don’t, of course. You review how they presented them to you.

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The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

I was in two minds as to whether to review this one. When I first got the email giving me information about it, it was described as a “chilling young adult debut”. I like chilling.

But then I read the blurb, and it seemed like it might be a bit too romantic for my tastes:

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Empire of Things by Frank Trentman

I’ll start this review with the most obvious point: this book is Not Small. Weighing in at 862 pages, it is hardly a little light reading. It is also quite difficult to read on the train, being huge and a hardback.

For such a big book spanning such wide subject matter, however, it is surprisingly readable. I got through it in a few days, because I devour books the way other people devour pizza (I also devour pizza), and I found the writing style to be just right: not too dense, but also not patronising the reader.

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Girls On Fire by Robin Wasserman

“It starts with a suicide and ends with a death…” 

That was the line that drew me in, morbid crime novel aficionado that I am.

But Girls on Fire isn’t any ordinary crime novel.

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