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The Girls by Emma Cline

A few months ago, I read an article – I think it was in Vogue magazine – about this person who’d written a debut novel and managed to get an unprecedented advance for it. She sounded interesting, and the novel sounded like it’d be right up my street, mainly because the article said it was about growing up in a cult, which I did.

And then a couple of weeks ago, a copy of a book dropped through my letterbox and I started reading it. I didn’t make the connection until I was a few chapters in, and then I thought, Wait a minute. This is that book. 

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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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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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Relativity by Antonia Hayes

Is it just me, or are books about scientifically gifted people who are emotionally somewhat inept and incapable of understanding societal norms a bit of a fad at the moment?

If so, then it’s a fad I wholeheartedly support. I’ve read several books in recent years where I’ve related strongly to the protagonist for this reason: The Humans by Matt Haig, The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion. x+y, a film I watched which had a similar theme.

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Our Magic Hour by Jennifer Down

Katy, Adam and Audrey have been BFFs forever. They know everything about each other – all their shady secrets, all their likes and dislikes and stories of lost loves. Even now that they’re adults, their lives still intertwine – a friendship that stretches across the years and binds them together for all time.

So when Katy suddenly kills herself, it punches a pretty big hole in Audrey and Adam’s lives.

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2016 Reflections – Books (Fiction)

2016 was a great year for books. Which is lucky really, because it’s been a pretty shit year on a global scale.

Here are my favourite novels I’ve read this year.

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Reviving The Classics

An interesting initiative from Head of Zeus publishing brings us Apollo: a collection of books that might have been known as classics, if the fashions of the times hadn’t relegated them to relative obscurity.

The idea is to give older works a new lease of life, and release them to an audience who otherwise almost certainly wouldn’t have read them.

Over the weekend, I picked up two of them – The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence, and The Hungry Grass by Richard Power – and took a look.

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