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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 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: The Little Breton Bistro by Nina George

The Overview The Little Breton Bistro (released 2nd March) is the latest offering from Nina George. Having devoured The Little Paris Bookshop on honeymoon last year, I couldn’t not request this ARC when I spotted it on NetGalley, and was pretty chuffed when my approval email came through! The Little Breton Bistro follows protagonist Marianne… Continue reading Review: The Little Breton Bistro by Nina George

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Review: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

I’m going to put it out there, straight up: I have never read any of Jodi Picoult’s books before. I have a small collection of them on the bookshelf, hidden among my TBRs and old favourites, and obviously went along and cried to My Sister’s Keeper when the film was released; but nothing more. So,… Continue reading Review: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

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Review: Blackout by Ragnar Jonasson

Once I finished reading Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson, I immediately started on the second book of his Dark Iceland Series – Blackout. Blackout picks up in Siglufjordur around 1 ½ years after the events of Snowblind, in which we were first introduced to policeman Ari Thor. Still based in Siglufjordur, we are greeted with a… Continue reading Review: Blackout by Ragnar Jonasson

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Review: Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson

I have not come across a huge number of books which can hook you on the first page; even fewer that can do so in the first paragraph. But the rawness of the opening sentence of Snowblind sets the tone for what is a very clever crime story and an outstanding first novel: The red stain… Continue reading Review: Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson

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Book Review: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

It's been a long time (a good few months!) since I did a book review, and I've read so many good books since then that I'm going to have to start writing! On a visit to Oxford back in March; my friend took my into Blackwell's bookshop. It is an AMAZING place. Books sprawl over several… Continue reading Book Review: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth