The Trick to Time

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Read 08/05/2018-12/05/2018

Rating: 3 stars

I loved Kit de Waal’s debut novel, My Name is Leon, so when I heard that she had her second book out and it was on the longlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, I slung in a library reservation. I had a bit of a wait. Lots of people wanted to read it before me. Were we all justified in our anticipation? Continue reading

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The Fountain in the Forest

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Read 31/03/2018-03/04/2018

Rating: 4 stars

I read a review of The Fountain in the Forest in The Guardian which makes reference to Raymond Queneau and Georges Perec, as well as David Peace, Jorge Luis Borges and Paul Auster. All of these men are innovative writers whose works I admire. The review also introduces The Fountain in the Forest as a pulp style detective novel. Police procedurals and books about private detectives are probably my favourite genre. If I had to pick one, I mean. If I had to. The review made it sound as though this book would be right up my alley.

After I finished reading the review, I immediately placed a reservation request with my local library. Continue reading

Home Fire

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Read 22/03/2018-24/03/2018

Rating: 3 stars

When this came out and I read reviews of it, I wasn’t particularly grabbed by what was said. It’s one of the books on this year’s March Madness Reading Challenge over at The Reader’s Room and, because of its ranking in the pool, it’s one of the books I chose to make the final, so I thought I should read it. It’s also on the longlist for this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction.

I don’t know what to say about it. It was slow to start, but then kept me gripped as the story unfurled, like one of the main characters removing her hijab. Continue reading