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Book Review | Stranger, Baby by Emily Berry

Stranger, Baby is a book of poetry by up-and-coming poet Emily Berry. In this collection, a mixture of poetry, play, and prose, Berry has a sense of fantasy, humour, estrangement. 300 more words

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The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath


First Sentence:     It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York… 220 more words


Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo

The first thing that leapt out to me about this book was the title. A title which says joyous enthusiasm, exciting promise, all with its tongue firmly in its cheek. 385 more words


Reviewing the YA Book Prize Shortlist (Part 2)

Today on the blog, following in the footsteps of many a YA movie of the last ten years, we come to the second part of a what should’ve been one post as I attempt to review every book shortlisted for this year’s YA Book Prize (let’s hope it’s more… 1,221 more words


For the Joy of Reading: This is Memorial Device

My first shock came in the second paragraph.   “This isn’t Manchester or London or fucking Chingford.   This is Airdrie.”   For those of us who lived near Chingford in the 1980s, the idea of it as a cultural centre is astonishing.   493 more words

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Blog Tour | Review: Black Water by Louise Doughty

I’m delighted to be the final stop on the Black Water blog tour, Doughty has written a book that is powerful, personal and political, what an experience reading this one was! 485 more words

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Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton // a strong sequel for sassy (and sandy) fantasy

Today on the blog, I’m (finally) reviewing one of the most exciting UKYA fantasy releases of the year – though it is a sequel, so there may be spoilers! 753 more words

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