Review: Inside Vogue

Inside Vogue by Alexandra Schulman Opening sentence: ‘Three nights ago, in a restaurant by the sea, just off a coastal road in Puglia, some children at the long family tables next to ours were playing with their pencil cases, lining up the coloured felt tips in order.’ How strange that the day that I finish […]

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Review: The Strange Library

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami Opening sentence: “The library was even more hushed than usual.” I am big fan of Haruki Murakami and his fantastical, eloquent storytelling that sucks you straight in – no matter how unexpected the narrative becomes. With this beautifully presented short story (it is a literal lunch-hour read) he gives […]

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Review: The Essex Serpent

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry Opening sentence: “A young man walks down by the banks of the Blackwater under the full cold moon.” Sometimes, when a book comes with so much hype and praise (such as being theΒ Waterstone’s Book of the Year 2016), it just doesn’t live up to the expectation for me. However, […]

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