Book Reviews

Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 – Dominicana Review

    Publisher: John Murray Cover Design: Adalis Martinez Format: Hardback Pages: 319 Rating: 5/5 Book Depository: Hardback Content Warnings: Rape - both statutory and marital; cheating; domestic violence; racism   The content warnings mentioned above give some clue as to how difficult Dominicana is to read, whether you are personally affected by these things or not. From child marriage… Continue reading Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 – Dominicana Review

Book Reviews

Book Review – The Family Upstairs

Publisher: Arrow Cover Design: Ceara Elliot Format: Paperback Pages: 446 Rating: 4/5 Book Depository: Paperback//Hardback Content Warnings: Violence; child abuse; rape; kidnapping/imprisonment; abandonment Three people have been found dead in what appears to be a suicide pact as part of a mysterious cult in an unsuspecting mansion in Chelsea. The police find a baby upstairs, the only member of the household who… Continue reading Book Review – The Family Upstairs

Reading Wrap Ups

January 2020 Reading Wrap Up Part One

January has thus far been a mixed reading month for me in terms of the quality of the books I have been consuming. However, there have been one or two stand out books that I have truly savoured, making it easy to ignore the books I haven't enjoyed as much. Between the 1st January and… Continue reading January 2020 Reading Wrap Up Part One

Women's Prize Longlist 2019 Reviews

Women’s Prize Longlist Review – Praise Song for the Butterflies

  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

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