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Apologetic Mode

  I know, I know, where have I been? Off trying to earn money, trying to unscramble my head, and reading a lot of books that I’m either reviewing for an unnameable client (and most of which are horrific) or … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Rachel Ferguson

A Footman for the Peacock By Rachel Ferguson Out now. A Furrowed Middlebrow book (an imprint of Dean Street Press). £9.99 paperback, also available as an ebook. For more about this independent publisher and the imprint, visit: http://www.deanstreetpress.co.uk/main/middlebrow Rachel Ferguson … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEWS: Three for May

The Outside Lands By Hannah Kohler Out now from Picador; £12.99 hardcover Thank goodness Hannah Kohler ignored her MA advisor’s recommendation to shelve this novel, because it required research, and instead, concentrate on something closer to home, which she already … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: MOTHERING SUNDAY

  Mothering Sunday: A Romance By Graham Swift Out 25th February from Scribner (S&S); £12.99 hardback Graham Swift signals his intentions with a playful epigraph: “You shall go to the ball!” Then he begins, “Once upon a time,” but immediately undercuts the … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEWS: Three for January

Three book reviews to start the new year off. Sea Lovers Valerie Martin Serpent’s Tail, 14 January, £8.99 paperback The twelve stories in this collection span the length of Valerie Martin’s celebrated thirty-year career. Of the earliest stories, she writes: … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Campari for Breakfast

Campari for Breakfast By Sara Crowe Doubleday, £14.99 hardcover, also available as an e-book Imagine if you took Cold Comfort Farm and I Capture the Castle, added a dash of Mavis Cheek, a pinch of Nancy Mitford, and a smidgen … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: After I’m Gone

  After I’m Gone By Laura Lippman Faber & Faber, £12.99 hardcover Twenty-six years have passed since Felix Brewer went missing, leaving behind a wife, three daughters, and a mistress. Ten years to the day of that disappearance, his mistress … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

The Enchanted By Rene Denfeld Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £12.99 hardback, £6.99 ebook Out 13 March, 2014 Never have a book’s title and its style been so perfectly matched, for The Enchanted reads like an incantation: it spun me into its … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: The Affairs of Others, by Amy Grace Loyd

The Affairs of Others By Amy Grace Loyd Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £12.99 hardcover It’s a mystery to me why this novel, published in January, has been ignored by British reviewers (though it does bear a quote from A L Kennedy, … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: The Visionist, by Rachel Urquhart

  The Visionist By Rachel Urquhart Simon & Schuster UK, £12.99 hardcover If, like author Rachel Urquhart, you knew three things about the Shakers (“They forbade sex, they made beautiful furniture, and they shook.”) then you will get an education … Continue reading

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