Review: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Susanna Clarke is finally back on the literary scene with Piranesi. It has been 17 years since Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, a debut novel that was unlike anything this reviewer has read. Now, in 2020/2021, Clarke is back with a novel just as strange and enchanting – Piranesi.

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Review: This is Not a Book by Kellie Byrnes and Aska

Most of you do not know me so you wouldn’t be aware of the fact that I work as a children’s bookseller, and this means that I have the pleasure to read a lot of picture books every day. And let me tell you there aren’t that many picture books out there that challenge our reading preconception by throwing in a lot of metafiction in as funny and engaging a way as This is Not a Book by Kellie Byrnes and Aska.

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Review: Twitch by M. G. Leonard

“In order to see birds, it is necessary to become a part of the silence.” Said Robert Lynd and silence is what Twitch has learnt is, indeed, in the core of birdwatching. Silence and patience to wait, observe and become one with your surroundings. It is always a joy when you find a great children’s book and M.G.Leonard’s latest novel Twitch will certainly bring a lot of joy to many a reader out there, including this reviewer.

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Review: Brood by Jackie Polzin

Recently I have been lucky to receive books for review that discuss female issues. For a long time, such issues were not openly discussed in the books that I was reading, and it was not that long ago that I first encountered stories that talk about miscarriage and the uglier and traumatic side of womanhood. This has been my individual reading experience; I am sure that a lot of you have read more widely and diversely. However, this is something new for me, and I am cherishing every story that shows me that I, as a woman, am not alone and that my past, present and future experiences are shared throughout the world by other women and their stories. Brood by Jackie Polzin is one such story.

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Review: We Are Not Shadows by Various

It is often that books, readers, authors remind us to keep an open mind when it comes to literature and the importance of constantly expanding our reading horizon. I am not an exception to this, and I consciously try to read outside of my comfort zone. I do not read anthologies often – I can’t remember the last time I read one – but this is about to change all thanks to We Are Not Shadows. It was a revelatory read that once again proved that we should go and read all kinds of genres, all kinds of books. We Are Not Shadows is the first project of brand-new publisher Folkway Press. It features 34 female authors, and it was a great reminder to me, and hopefully to many other readers, that anthologies are a real joy to read and explore.

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