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Review: The Copenhagen Affair, by Amulya Malladi

My first introduction to Malladi’s writing, The Copenhagen Affair tells the story of Sanya, who; following a nervous breakdown at work, moves with her husband Harry to Copenhagen while his company completes an acquisition there. Sanya was always the perfect wife, but after a breakdown at her office, it’s her husband Harry’s turn to step… Continue reading Review: The Copenhagen Affair, by Amulya Malladi

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Review: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, by Matthew Sullivan

Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs—the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store’s overwhelmed shelves. But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in… Continue reading Review: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, by Matthew Sullivan

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Review: A Horse Walks into a Bar, by David Grossman

A Horse Walks Into a Bar, by David Grossman, was the Man Booker International Prize winner for 2017. The book presents an evening performance by comedian Dovaleh G, in the town of Netanya, Israel. The story is narrated by an old friend of Dovaleh’s, Avishai Lazar, who has been invited to the evening for reasons… Continue reading Review: A Horse Walks into a Bar, by David Grossman

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Review: The Upstairs Room by Kate Murray-Browne

Eleanor, Richard and their two young daughters recently stretched themselves to the limit to buy their dream home, a four-bedroom Victorian townhouse in East London. But the cracks are already starting to show. Eleanor is unnerved by the eerie atmosphere in the house and becomes convinced it is making her ill. Whilst Richard remains preoccupied… Continue reading Review: The Upstairs Room by Kate Murray-Browne

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Review: Slow Boat, by Hideo Furukawa

Boku has an uneasy preoccupation with dreams - and with making and losing lovers. And when he first runs away from Tokyo, his dreams and his reality gradually start to shift and overlap. This is a story of three failed escapes - and the loss of three girlfriends in the process. The first girlfriend is… Continue reading Review: Slow Boat, by Hideo Furukawa

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Review: These Dividing Walls, by Fran Cooper

One Parisian summer A building of separate lives All that divides them will soon collapse...  In a forgotten corner of Paris stands a building. Within its walls, people talk and kiss, laugh and cry; some are glad to sit alone, while others wish they did not. A woman with silver-blonde hair opens her bookshop downstairs,… Continue reading Review: These Dividing Walls, by Fran Cooper

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Review: The President’s Gardens, by Muhsin Al-Ramli

Today, I am reviewing The President's Gardens, by Muhsin Al-Ramli (translated by Luke Leafgren). It's a stunning and moving portrait of 3 friends and their lives through the Iraqi conflicts of the 1980s to early 2000s. What’s it about? Here is the publisher’s blurb for the book: On the third day of Ramadan, the village wakes… Continue reading Review: The President’s Gardens, by Muhsin Al-Ramli

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Review: Me Before You, By Jojo Moyes

I am pretty sure that this is a book that needs little introduction. Despite all the hype around the book and the film – or perhaps because of it – Me Before You was never really on my reading list. When my husband bought me After You (the sequel) as last year’s Jolabokaflod book; I… Continue reading Review: Me Before You, By Jojo Moyes