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Two mind-bending historical novels

Earlier this month I visited Prague with some friends, and I decided on the perfect book to read while there: HHhH by Laurent Binet, which deals with the Nazi occupation of the Czech Republic and which I had been wanting to re-read for a while. As usual, my reading plans didn’t work out and I didn’t actually manage to start reading it while we were away… but no matter, I’ve read it since coming back! Continue reading “Two mind-bending historical novels”

The Gracekeepers – Kirsty Logan

The Gracekeepers is a dazzling novel with a beautifully imaginative and highly original setting. I really didn’t want it to end! It’s a delicious slow-burner (although it speeds up rapidly towards the end) and something in the way it’s written is quite dreamlike, similar to the tone of a fairy tale or folk story. Continue reading “The Gracekeepers – Kirsty Logan”

Four incredible novellas you can read in one sitting

I love reading a book in one sitting; its impact is magnified because you experience it all in one go, without being interrupted by the outside world (well, except for my ever-attention-demanding cat). Usually books are companions for a few days or weeks – you dip in and out of them alongside your everyday life; your brain deals with a thousand things between readings. So having a chunk of free time in which to devour a book in its entirety is an absolute treat. Continue reading “Four incredible novellas you can read in one sitting”

Grief is the Thing with Feathers – Max Porter

Grief is the Thing with Feathers had been on my to-read list for a shamefully long time until about a week ago, when I sat down one afternoon and read it from cover to cover in complete awe. It made me cry, it made me smile. I didn’t want it to end. It is a perfectly formed combination of viewpoints, narratives, fables, conversations. The language is in turns poetic, rational, witty, bluntly tragic. It is, quite simply, stunning. Continue reading “Grief is the Thing with Feathers – Max Porter”

A Confusion of Princes – Garth Nix

This week, on a bit of a whim, I decided to re-read A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix. Garth Nix’s books had a huge influence on me when I was growing up – I started off with The Keys to the Kingdom series and moved on to the brilliant Old Kingdom series when I was old enough, along with his stand-alone novels. Looking back, they were hugely important to me in that they helped to form the foundation of my reading tastes and experience. Continue reading “A Confusion of Princes – Garth Nix”