Fiction

The Circle

The Circle, Dave Eggers It is interesting that no word yet seems to exist relating specifically to distaste for or distrust of social media. The word ‘technophobe’ is unsatisfactory, carrying with it as it does connotations of fear and outright rejection of technology generally, and taking no account of the simple distaste one might feel …

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Harvest

Harvest, Jim Crace Harvest, Jim Crace has stated, is to be his last novel. If that is the case, what a way to go out. Harvest tells the tale of the events of seven days in an unnamed village at an unspecified date some centuries in the past, told by a narrator, Walter Thirsk, a …

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The Cuckoo’s Calling

The Cuckoo’s Calling, Robert Galbraith Whether strategically planned or not, J. K. Rowling’s ‘outing’ as the pen behind the name Robert Galbraith has netted her three different categories of reader: Harry Potter/Rowling fans; crime fans; and the downright curious. From someone in this last category comes the news that The Cuckoo’s Calling is a perfectly …

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Austerlitz

Austerlitz, W. G. Sebald In 1939, a five-year-old boy is sent on a Kindertransport from the Continent to foster parents in Wales. Until he comes to do his sixth-form scholarship exams, he grows up as Dafydd Elias, speaks Welsh, plays rugby, gets on well at school, remembers nothing outside of his current life. Before the …

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Daddy Love

Daddy Love, Joyce Carol Oates The new novel by several-time Pulitzer nominee Joyce Carol Oates should logically be snapped up by all those who raved about Room two years ago. It deals, after all, with the abduction of a five-year-old boy by what the blurb on the front describes as a “fiendish captor”.  But it …

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Care of Wooden Floors

Care of Wooden Floors, Will Wiles Can a page-turner really be about someone trying not to damage a pristine wooden floor?  The answer is yes, in this very engaging debut novel from architecture and design journalist Will Wiles. Oskar, minimalist composer and clean-freak (“What vodka does Oskar drink? Neat vodka”) has asked his friend, our …

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