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Purple Hibiscus

Having already read and loved Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun, I had high expectations for Purple Hibiscus.  Also set in Nigeria, this book tells the story of 15-year-old Kambili, living an apparently privileged life under a violent patriarch, tinged with religious fervour and surrounded by political unrest.   634 more words


The Road Home - Rose Tremain

So I lied to you all. I lied to you all and then to make it worse I let you all down. I promised that I would have the review of this up, as one of the… 1,400 more words


Book review: Upstairs at the Party

By Rosemary Collins

Orange Prize winning novelist Linda Grant is a University of York alumna, who studied at the then newly-opened University in the early 1970s. 766 more words


Book Review: We Need to Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk About Kevin is an absolutely superb novel, worthy of the highest acclaim and richly deserving of the impressive sales and many honours, including the 2005 Women’s Prize for fiction, that have come its way. 2,288 more words


On the Floor

Think “Bonfire of the Vanities”. It is the 1990s on a London securities trading floor. Quants and dark pools have not yet had their day, and the age of brokerage puffery and bravado is in full swing. 240 more words

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Loses Out to Irish Writer for Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has lost out to Irish writer Eimear McBride in the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction competition.

Chimamanda was the only Nigerian and African to make the list. 40 more words


Book Nineteen: Almost English

Almost English is the story of two women, living under the shadow of their loud, eccentric and overbearing elderly Hungarian relatives. Marina, is 16 years old and has escaped to a prestigious boarding school – only discovering it is not the adventure she’d hoped for and she doesn’t fit in. 268 more words