Reviews

Review – The Fifth Child

  Publisher: Harper Perennial  Cover Art: Henri Bureau/Corbis Format: Paperback Pages: 159 Rating: 2/5 Book Depository: Paperback* Content Warnings: Violence; animal cruelty; disability discrimination; neglect   Harriet and David pride themselves on their normality, choosing to actively reject anything extraordinary around them. Meeting in a period of time when everyone else is obsessed with sex, drugs and counterculture, Harriet and David… Continue reading Review – The Fifth Child

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 – Cygnet

  Publisher: Dialogue Books Cover Art: Nico Taylor and Neil Gower Format: Hardback Pages: 244 Rating: 4/5 Book Depository: Hardback Content Warnings: Self harm; child abuse; bullying; dementia; drugs   The Kid lives on an island which doubles up as a retirement village. She does not live there by choice, but rather was left there by her parents when… Continue reading Review – Cygnet

Ramblings

Where Have I Been?

Recently I have been completely absent from the book community, and having spent some time away, am ready to immerse myself back into this wonderful thing that I love to do. We lost our dog Ruby, after which I took a short break, because I wasn't reading anything, nor did I have the drive to… Continue reading Where Have I Been?

Women's Prize Longlist 2019 Reviews

Women’s Prize Longlist Review – Number One Chinese Restaurant

  Publisher: ONE Format: Hardback Pages: 329 Rating: 3/5 Book Depository: Paperback // Hardback   Beneath the everyday comings and goings of the Beijing Duck House in Maryland, there is a web of complex family relationships and messy feelings. When Johnny Han decides to take drastic measures to open his own fusion restaurant and turn his back on his late father's… Continue reading Women’s Prize Longlist Review – Number One Chinese Restaurant

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

Book Hauls

Book Haul – May 2019 Part One

  I finally got another job back in April, so I can add books to my collection once again. I'm going to a book event later in May, so I will most likely pick some more books up there, but these are the ones I've bought or that have arrived so far this month. 1.… Continue reading Book Haul – May 2019 Part One