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Literary Fiction

You can view our entire archive of book reviews further down the page, or go direct to your preferred genre using the list below. If you would like to submit a book review of your own to be considered for publication, you can do so here.

Let Me Be Like Water by S.K. Perry
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

‘Under the cathartic spell of the sea, and with a little help from a retired magician, a young woman learns how to rebuild her life.’ A moving debut Let Me Be...

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
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‘Tattooing the arms of men is one thing; defiling the bodies of young girls is horrifying.’ The Tattooist of Auschwitz is the tale of two very ordinary people who did whatever...

Entanglement by Katy Mahood
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

‘Some paths cross but never collide.’ Entanglement by Katy Mahood is, quite simply, a gorgeous book. Incredibly, it is a debut and is published by The Borough Press. The premise of...

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

‘Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.’ A...

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , , .

‘How would you live your life if you knew the day you were going to die?’ My review today is of the extremely thought-provoking novel, The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. Just published...

At the End of the Century: The Stories of Ruth Jhabvala
Posted by Helena Mulkerns in , .

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (1927-2013) is probably the most prolific, well-regarded contemporary short story writer you are not even acquainted with.  As a literary wit once noted, winning the Booker Prize,...

he:A Novel by John Connolly
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

‘He was famous once. No, he and Babe were famous once. But now Babe is gone, and he is alone… He and Babe. Now only he.’ he:A Novel is a labour...

Ferenji and Other Stories by Helena Mulkerns
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

‘From every day routine to brittle homecomings and back, glimpses of life in the field.’ Ferenji and Other Stories is published by Doire Press and has just been shortlisted for the...

Z213: Exit (Poena Damni) by Dimitris Lyacos
Posted by Max Goodwin Brown in , .

Dimitris Lyacos’s Z213: Exit, translated into English by Shorsha Sullivan and published by Shoestring Press, is not an easy book to write about. The difficulty is directly comparable to that...

The Woodcutter and His Family by Frank McGuinness
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

‘Zurich. January 1941…’ Today I have a review of a book that will appeal to all James Joyce fans, both new and old. The Woodcutter and His Family is a novel from award...

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