Publisher: Jacaranda Format: Hardback Pages: 264 Rating: 5/5 Book Depository: Hardback Abeo is a happy, healthy nine year old living in West Africa with her loving parents. She is comfortable and safe. That is, until her father falls victim to a string of bad luck. Then Abeo's life changes forever. Her father takes her to a shrine to… Continue reading Women’s Prize Longlist Review – Praise Song for the Butterflies
Publisher: Nimbus Publishing Format: E-arc Release Date: 15/04/2019 Rating: 2/5 Thank you to NetGalley who sent me this e-arc in exchange for an honest review. This is a collection of short stories surrounding how the narratives we tell affect our identities, and how an unreliable narrator can warp history. They each surround a person telling somebody else's… Continue reading ARC Review – Use Your Imagination!
Publisher: Fairlight Books Format: Paperback Pages: 188 Rating: 4/5 Sophie van Llewyn's Bottled Goods explores themes of love, family, marriage and communism through a collection of flash fiction. These excerpts give us an insight into Alina's struggles after her brother-in-law defects to France from a troubled Romania. She begins to lose faith in her marriage and all… Continue reading Women’s Prize Longlist Review – Bottled Goods
Publisher: Hutchinson Format: Hardback Pages: 351 Rating: 4/5 Daisy Jones and the Six are a fictional seventies rock band that Taylor Jenkins Reid has created a back story for through the medium of interviews. The book follows the band's various members' recollections of their time being famous, which highlights how people can remember events differently. Initially, Daisy Jones appears… Continue reading Review – Daisy Jones and the Six
I haven't been buying books recently, because I am currently in between jobs (hopefully my interview tomorrow will change this). However, my partner did buy these three for us to share, because he has gotten back into reading this year. Coincidentally, they all start with the letter 'P', which probably stands for 'please don't… Continue reading Book Haul – April 2019
Publisher: Hutchinson Format: Hardback Pages: 467 Rating: 1/5 Swan Song is a fictional exploration or "non-fiction novel" surrounding the famous author Truman Capote and his "swans". His "swans" were a group of intensely rich and notorious women who made the mistake of confiding their deepest, darkest secrets to the man who wanted to sell them to… Continue reading Women’s Prize Longlist Review – Swan Song
Publisher: Oneworld Publications Format: Paperback Pages: 228 Rating: 4/5 Schweblin has a talent for leaving the reader feeling as though they've been spun around multiple times and then left to fend off the resultant dizziness by themselves. Similar to Schweblin's previous collaboration with translator Megan McDowell, Fever Dream, Mouthful of Birds has an eerie air about it -… Continue reading Review – Mouthful of Birds