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Book Review: Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Title: Lady Audley’s SecretAuthor: Mary Elizabeth BraddonPublisher: PenguinDate: 2019 (1862)Genre: Sensation novel / MysterySummary: In this outlandish, outrageous triumph of Scandal fiction, a new Lady Audley arrives at the manor: young, beautiful – and very mysterious. Why does she behave so strangely? What, exactly, is the dark secret this seductive outsider carries with her? I read… Continue reading Book Review: Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

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Book Review: Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Title: Before the Coffee Gets ColdAuthor: Toshikazu KawaguchiTranslator: Geoffrey TrousselotPublisher: Picador Date: 2019 (2015)Genre: Magical RealismSummary: In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back… Continue reading Book Review: Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

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Book Review: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

Title: The Silent CompanionsAuthor: Laura PurcellPublisher: Raven BooksDate: 2018 (2017)Genre: Historical Fiction / GothicSummary: When Elsie married handsome young heir Rupert Bainbridge, she believed she was destined for a life of luxury. But with her husband dead just weeks after their marriage, her new servants resentful, and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie has only her… Continue reading Book Review: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

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Book Review: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Title: Pride and PrejudiceAuthor: Jane AustenPublisher: Vintage ClassicsDate: 2007 (1813)Genre: Fiction Summary: Elizabeth Bennett is young, clever, and attractive, but she and her four sisters are in dire need of financial security in the shape of husbands. The arrival of the pleasant nice Mr. Bingley and the obscenely arrogant Mr. Darcy in the neighborhood turns… Continue reading Book Review: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Book Review: Howards End by E. M. Forster

Title: Howards EndAuthor: E. M. ForsterPublisher: PenguinDate: 2012 (1910)Genre: Fiction Summary: ‘Only connect’ is the idea at the heart of this book, a heartbreaking and provocative tale of three families at the beginning of the twentieth century: the rich Wilcoxes, the gentle, idealistic Schlegels, and the lower-middle-class Basts. As the Schlegel sisters try desperately to help… Continue reading Book Review: Howards End by E. M. Forster

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Book Review: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Title: My Brilliant FriendAuthor: Elena FerranteTranslator: Ann GoldsteinPublisher: Europa EditionsDate: 2014 (1973)Genre: Fiction / BildungsromanSummary: My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense and generous hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and… Continue reading Book Review: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

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Book Review: Perfume by Patrick Süskind

Title: Perfume: The Story of a MurdererAuthor: Patrick SüskindTranslator: John E. WoodsPublisher: Penguin BooksDate: 2010 (1985)Genre: Historical fiction / Fantasy / MysterySummary: In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift: an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odours of Paris, and… Continue reading Book Review: Perfume by Patrick Süskind

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Book Review: Água Viva by Clarice Lispector

Title: Água VivaAuthor: Clarice LispectorTranslator: Stefan ToblerPublisher: PenguinDate: 2014 (1973)Genre: FictionSummary: An intense and lyrical work, it chronicles its female protagonist’s journey of self-discovery and self-affirmation. Reading Água Viva was a special experience for me. It elevated me, it crushed me, and it renewed me. It’s a very unique book and my review doesn’t do it… Continue reading Book Review: Água Viva by Clarice Lispector

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The Pear Field by Nana Ekvtimishvili – International Booker Prize 2021 Longlist

Look at me, I’ve read three books from the International Booker Prize longlist. I’m on a roll! This, like the post about Andrzej Tichý’s Wretchedness, is just going to be a book review but I thought I’d use this space before the review to introduce the author a little. Nana Ekvtimishvili (Georgian: ნანა ექვთიმიშვილი) was… Continue reading The Pear Field by Nana Ekvtimishvili – International Booker Prize 2021 Longlist

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Book Review: Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera

Title: Signs Preceding the End of the World Author: Yuri Herrera Translator: Lisa Dillman Publisher: And Other Stories Date: 2015 (2009) Genre: Fiction Summary: Traversing this lonely territory is Makina, a young woman who knows only too well how to survive in a violent, macho world. Leaving behind her life in Mexico to search for her… Continue reading Book Review: Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera