Reviews

Review – Water Shall Refuse Them

  Publisher: Dead Ink  Cover Art: Luke Bird and Tiffany Combs Format: Paperback Pages: 257 Rating: 4/5 Book Depository: Paperback* Content Warnings: Extreme violence; murder; animal cruelty; fat shaming   During the heatwave of 1976, Nif and her family move to the Welsh borders to heal as a family following a tragic incident involving Nif's younger sister, Petra. Instead of bringing relief… Continue reading Review – Water Shall Refuse Them

Reviews

Review – Picnic in the Storm

  Publisher: Corsair Books Translated by: Asa Yoneda Cover Art: Nico Taylor and Isabel Reitemeyer Format: Hardback Pages: 209 Rating: 4/5 Book Depository: Paperback // Hardback Content Warnings: Incest; violence; mistreatment of animals   Motoya's eccentric short story collection steeped in the ever so slightly out of the ordinary is unique and provides subtle commentaries on society and societal concepts such as marriage. What initially… Continue reading Review – Picnic in the Storm

Man Booker International Shortlist Reviews

Man Booker International Shortlist Review – The Pine Islands

  Publisher: Serpent's Tail Format: Hardback Pages: 180 Rating: 3/5 Book Depository: Hardback   Gilbert Silvester dreams about his wife cheating on him one night and immediately launches himself on a trip to Japan. He discovers the writings of Bashō and attempts to embark on a similar journey. Along the way he takes a young, suicidal student under his… Continue reading Man Booker International Shortlist Review – The Pine Islands

Women's Prize Longlist 2019 Reviews

Women’s Prize Longlist Review – Lost Children Archive

  Publisher: 4th Estate Format: Hardback Pages: 377 Rating: 3/5 Book Depository: Hardback   A married couple embark on a journey from New York to Arizona with their children from previous relationships. The husband wishes to research the Apaches, but the wife wishes to research lost migrant children and find her friend's two lost daughters. There is an overwhelming sense… Continue reading Women’s Prize Longlist Review – Lost Children Archive

Readthon TBRs

OWLs Magical Readathon TBR

  This will be my first time participating in the OWLs Magical Readathon, and to say I am excited would be an understatement. G from Book Roast on Youtube has created this readathon with meticulous care and tonnes of effort, and has this year, even created a booklet full of potential careers for us all, which you… Continue reading OWLs Magical Readathon TBR

Reviews

Review – Mouthful of Birds

  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

Reviews

Review – The Good Immigrant

  Publisher: Unbound Format: Paperback Pages: 234 Rating: 5/5   The Good Immigrant is a social commentary about what it is like to reside in Britain as a non-white individual. Comprised of anecdotes and essays surrounding the topic, the book highlights the institutional racism that is embedded within British society. As a British citizen, I am thoroughly appalled that… Continue reading Review – The Good Immigrant