Genre: Literary Fiction

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Review: The Zone of Interest, Martin Amis

Review: The Zone of Interest, Martin Amis

There was an old story about a king who asked his favourite wizard to create a magic mirror. This mirror didn’t show you your reflection. Instead, it showed you your soul – it showed you who you really were. But the king couldn’t look into the mirror without turning away,… Read more »

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Review: Barracuda, Christos Tsiolkas

Review: Barracuda, Christos Tsiolkas

Out of sheer curiosity I sorted my Goodreads TBR list (all 106 of them) by descending order based on the average rating. Right at the very bottom was Christos Tsiolkas’ controversial The Slap with a measly 3.11. This did not bode well for my next ARC by the same author… Read more »

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Review: All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

Review: All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

Winner of the 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award This is a mystery, but not that fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat thriller type. All the birds, singing is more a gradual revelation, but leaves you just as hungry for answers as the classic ‘who-dunnits”. I don’t really believe in re-writing the entire synopsis of… Read more »

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Review: Kinder Than Solitude, Yiyun Li

Review: Kinder Than Solitude, Yiyun Li

“Though her life lacked the poignancy of great happiness and acute pain, she believed she had found, in their places, the blessing of solitude.” The premise of this story sounded so promising. A murder. A mystery. A secret. All ingredients for a intriguing and exciting read, yet after reading it… Read more »

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Review: The Turning, Tim Winton

Review: The Turning, Tim Winton

“Time doesn’t click on and on at the stroke. It comes and goes in waves and folds like water; it flutters and sifts like dust, rises, billows, falls back on itself.” Tim Winton is a beloved Australian author. I have only read one other novel by him (Breath), and I… Read more »

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Review: Perfect, Rachel Joyce

Review: Perfect, Rachel Joyce

This is a story about time. How a few seconds can alter lives forever. Byron Hemming is concerned after his friend James tells him that two seconds are going to be added to time. He becomes convinced that this is unnatural and is sure to result in some disastrous consequences…. Read more »

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Review: Even the Dogs, Jon McGregor

Review: Even the Dogs, Jon McGregor

(Winner of the 2012 International Dublin Literary Award) On a dismal winter’s day, somewhere in the midlands, the police discover a decaying corpse in a derelict apartment. This is Robert.  And so begins our journey through the underbelly of lower class England. Robert is a raging alcoholic whose wife and… Read more »

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