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‘Finding meaning and identity in the context of modern society’: Farzaneh and the Moon review

Defining one’s own identity, understanding the self and the other, searching for the meaning of life and freedom in the state of society – these are the questions that have challenged our minds over the centuries, from Plato to Kant, from the middle ages to liberalism, from imperialism to democracy. And even today we find […]

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‘Easy to read, with some mildly amusing passages’: Nutmeg review

Meg, the protagonist of Maria Goodin’s novel Nutmeg, was brought up on whimsical stories told to her by her cookery-obsessed mother, Valerie – stories of being bitten by crab cakes, and floating to the ceiling with the lightness of her home-baked meringues. Now, Meg is 21 and having renounced fairy tales following derision in the […]

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Pieces of Me

If you read the premise for Pieces of Me, it is easy to become skeptical that the novel exists simply as an overly romanticised love story smack bang in the middle of a conflict which is in no way romantic. Emma, our protagonist, meets her husband Adam in the International Zone in Baghdad, in the […]

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The Truth Waits

What do you do about symptoms and anxieties? Never google them, that’s for sure. Now imagine finding a body on the beach, undergoing police investigation and all the while attempting to juggle your own life. When that becomes reality for Anna Dent, our modern, seemingly logical, business-orientated woman, she breaks that one golden rule. She is […]

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She Chose Me

Crime thriller novels about intense, passionate, obsessive relationships are not uncommon. But novels about these relationships being shared in a familial context, between a mother and a daughter, are less common. She Chose Me is a recently published crime thriller set mostly in London, featuring a dual narrative shared by two characters who are equally […]

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All That Was Lost

All That Was Lost by Alison May tells the tale of the esteemed yet feigned psychic, Patrice, and her desire to capture her final moments in the bibliographical writing of Leo, a sceptical journalist. Leo sets forth on a path of discovery and surprise as he pieces together Patrice’s life. Louise, a grief-stricken mother who […]