Category Archives: Literary

Ghost Wall – Sarah Moss

I’d been looking at this for a while but not got round to it, so when it turned up in the Women’s Prize longlist, it was the kick I needed to actually get round to reading it. Good decision all … Continue reading

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The Familiars – Stacey Halls

I bought this on a whim, really. Not actually because it was pretty (though it really rather is), but because it felt exactly like what I wanted to read at that moment – escapist, female-focussed, historical and a little bit … Continue reading

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The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock – Imogen Hermes Gowar

And back to literary again. I took this one away with me on a long weekend out of London, thinking I’d a) be busy playing board games and b) it’s a heckin’ chonker of a book and so one book … Continue reading

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Everything Under – Daisy Johnson

I’m not going to commit myself to reading the Booker shortlist every year (certainly not on top of the Nebulas and the Hugos), but I am keen to read more critically acclaimed literary fiction, as a general rule. And when … Continue reading

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Melmoth – Sarah Perry

Apparently all of Sarah Perry’s books are beautiful. I bought The Essex Serpent mainly because I loved the cover, and that was a great decision, so I figured I couldn’t go too far wrong doing the same with Melmoth. Spoilers: I did … Continue reading

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Wise Children – Angela Carter

I’m not really sure what to say about this. It’s a book that sort of defies explanation, because every time I think back on it, I wonder if I thought the wrong thing all along, and actually, there’s a totally … Continue reading

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The Silence of the Girls – Pat Barker

This was a lot less about the girls than I was expecting. Which isn’t to say it was bad, just… not the book you anticipate when you read the blurb. In a large part, the book is still telling the … Continue reading

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