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Black Orchids by Gillian Slovo

At university I studied postcolonial literature for my dissertation and a few of my modules, so any novel that looks at colonial rule in its various forms is ultimately coloured by this. However, when I read Black Orchids I tried to shirk those years of studying off to try just absorb the book, rather than…

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

You know when you hear book are *GREAT*, and it kind of puts you off reading them in case they’re disappointing? I kind of had that with The Book Thief. I knew it was going to be good, I wanted it to be a good read. As a result, it sat on my bookshelf for…

The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht

Now I’m going to be honest with you. The Tiger’s Wife and I didn’t originally get on. It took me several attempts at picking this book up and reading a few pages for me to actually get past the first few chapters. It was only when I finished my English degree did I come back…

The Casual Vacancy – J.K.Rowling

Sharing thoughts on a novel by J.K.Rowling is invariably hard if you’re not going to bring up a certain wizard. After producing such a prestigious collection of children (and adult’s) novels, it becomes impossible not to draw comparisons. I will, however, resist. The Casual Vacancy is so far removed from Hogwarts that it’d be foolish…

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

As a great book set in the 1920’s, those of you that have gone crazy for the recent Great Gatsby film will hopefully find this book of interest. Paula McLain’s text goes way to giving a voice to Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, as both Ernest and her explore the various literary scenes that Ernest attempted…

The Bone People by Keri Hulme

I was told to read this book for a module at university called ‘Postcolonial Fiction and Film’. I rarely share the books I read at university on my blog, mainly because a lot of them aren’t exactly casual reads (middle English, Shakespeare etc). However, occasionally I get to do modules where we get to read more…

The Book of Other People #2

If you read The Book of Other People #1 (here) then you’ll know what I’m about to ramble on about, but here’s little bit of information for those of you who aren’t in the loop. The Book of Other People is based around the concept of ‘making somebody up’. The variety in the way that…

The Book of Other People Review #1

I’ve been such a naughty blogger. If you’ve followed my blog from the very start (and I know a few of you have) you’ll know that my blog started out as a book review blog. I’m a complete bookworm and I am always seen with my nose in a book. Since I’ve had the busiest…

The Naughtiest Naughty | Patisserie Valerie

Matt and I headed to Patisserie Valerie on Deansgate on Wednesday for our anniversary. Now, I could have included this in yesterdays post but it was just too delicious to give it its own space. We have know abut this place for a while, but because it is a bit more expensive compared to other…

Before I Die by Jenny Downham

You know that feeling, when tears begin to threaten to appear in your eyes, and you feel that hart knot in your stomach as you gulp down that lump in your throat? Well that is exactly how this novel left me feeling as the last page turned… About the plot Tessa, as you can probably…

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