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Why The Silence of the Girls is Better than Circe

The shortlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019 features six books, two of which are oddly similar retellings of stories from Greek mythology, each with a feminist edge to it. Madeline Miller’s Circe reworks the little-know story of Circe, an equally little-known goddess-turned-witch. It’s a biopic narrative with a love affair thrown in. Pat Barker’s …

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Review: A Devil Comes to Town by Paulo Maurensig

As a reader, I’ve been harbouring an impatient lust for some quality contemporary writing which captures the gothic legacy of Mary Shelley, Emily Brontë, Bram Stoker et al. A few have come along recently and entertained well enough – writers such as Jessie Burton and Sarah Perry – but their hype, in my opinion, far …

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Review: The Office of Gardens and Ponds by Didier Decoin

‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ is a metaphor. It’s about humanity; it’s not really about books. This is important because we do judge books by their cover art, and their titles, and their fonts. The Office of Gardens and Ponds has the most beautiful cover I’ve ever seen. It speaks to my adoration …

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Review: The Goose Fritz by Sergei Lebedev

There are two disparate aspects to The Goose Fritz: its story and its execution. In its story – one which lays on thick a generous helping of thoughtful themes concerning family history, unfinished cycles, and political upheaval – The Gooze Fritz is an undeniable victory. Its execution, however, is awkward, poorly paced, shallow, rambling, and …

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Review: The Faculty of Dreams by Sara Stridsberg

“I’ll give you some advice if you’re sad, because the story ends here. Invite home a ragged girl panhandler who needs somewhere to sleep and something to eat … Stop in the subway and talk to the psychotic hookers … Ask where she comes from, what she needs, what you can help with, what she …

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Review: Through the Water Curtain & other Tales from Around the World

Fairy Tales selected and introduced by Cornelia Funke  ‘Fairy tales are Time Machines. They have preserved all the fears and hopes of our ancestors in the folds of their magical cloaks.’ – Cornelia Funke When you stop to consider it, it’s frightening how many things set in at a young age. Gender roles is a …

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