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Review: The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

Walk into a bookshop and take a step; you’re likely to have walked past at least three re-tellings, one of them probably fairy tale based. Society appears bereft of original ideas. That’s not to suggest that it is impossible to write a good re-telling; there are just certain elements that need to be present for it […]

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An unflinching and intimate debut: Raven Leilani’s Luster

Raven Leilani’s 2021 debut novel Luster is a transfusion of a ‘fuck it’ kind of vitality through its urgency, authenticity, and cutting satire. The story takes an unflinching eye to Edie, a 23-year-old Black woman perpetually messing up in a world that is openly hostile to her in its sexism, racism, and capitalism.  It’s unsurprising that, in […]

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Putting the human in humanoid: on Kazuo Ishiguro’s Klara and the Sun

The arrival of a new Ishiguro novel is undoubtedly a main event in any year’s literary calendar. This month, the Nobel and Booker Prize winning author Kazuo Ishiguro released his eighth title, Klara and the Sun. Ishiguro has long been a pillar of contemporary literary fiction. Though not without his detractors, many of whom critique […]