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Book Reviews – Fiction

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Little Women by Louisa May AlcottThe Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander, The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von ArnimBeyond TimeFuture Crimes, Menace of the Machine and Spaceworlds edited by Mike AshleyFoundation and I, Robot by Isaac AsimovTranscription by Kate AtkinsonThe Testaments by Margaret Atwood, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

B

Powerless by Vicky Ball, Greed and Envy by Tim Beeden, Life Seemed Good, But…. by Richard Bell, The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty, Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau, The Illustrated Man and The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury, The Actuality by Paul BraddonMy Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

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Our House and The Heights by Louise Candlish, XX by Angela Chadwick, Monkey King: Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en, The Other Side of the Sky by Arthur C Clarke, The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie CollinsMrs Bridge and Mr Bridge by Evan S ConnellThe Chalet by Catherine CooperDark MatterRecursion and Upgrade by Blake Crouch

D

James and the Giant Peach by Roald DahlGirl A by Abigail Dean, Moll Flanders by Daniel DefoeThe Other Things by Jonathan DransfieldMe Mam. Me Dad. Me. and Sofa Surfer by Malcolm Duffy, The Doll: Short Stories by Daphne du Maurier

E

Inheritance by Jenny Eclair, Old Baggage by Lissa Evans

F

Mrs March by Virginia Feito, The Woman in the Window by A J Finn, The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald, Out There: Stories by Kate Folk, Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller

G

An Unreliable Man by Jostein Gaarder, Invisible in a Bright Light by Sally Gardner, The Beach by Alex Garland, Cecily by Annie Garthwaite, A Pink Front Door, Cold Comfort Farm, My American, The Bachelor, The Matchmaker, The Swiss Summer, The Weather at Tregulla, The Woods in Winter, The Snow-Woman by Stella Gibbons, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, The Diary of a Nobody by George & Weedon Grossmith, The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis

H

Mrs England by Stacey Halls, Haverscroft by S A Harris, The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix, The Hawthorne series: The Word is Murder, The Sentence is DeathA Line to Kill and The Twist of a Knife by Anthony Horowitz

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We, Robots: Artificial Intelligence in 100 Stories edited by Simon Ings, Bullet Train and Three Assassins by Kotaro Isaka, An Artist of the Floating World, Klara and the Sun and Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

J

The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, Everything Under by Daisy Johnson, Four by Andy Jones, Miss Benson’s Beetle and The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

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The Apartment UpstairsThe Dare, The Rumour and Who Did You Tell? by Lesley Kara, The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi KawakamiHe Said / She Said, The Burning Air, The Sick Rose and Watch Her Fall by Erin Kelly, On the Road by Jack Kerouac, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, Doctor Sleep and The Shining by Stephen King

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Reality, and Other Stories and The Wall by John Lanchester, The Victorian Chaise-Longue by Marghanita Laski, Solaris by Stanisław Lem, Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin, Of Ants and Dinosaurs by Cixin Liu, The White Road by Sarah Lotz

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The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp by Sarra Manning, The One and The Passengers by John Marrs, Friend Request and The Anniversary by Laura Marshall, The Mad Women’s Ball by Victoria Mas, Asylum by Patrick McGrath, The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, The Light Keeper by Cole Moreton, The Girl Next Door and The Wild Girls by Phoebe Morgan, Five Minds by Guy Morpuss, Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami, Convenience Store WomanEarthlings and Life Ceremony by Sayaka Murata

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

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Hamnet, My Lover’s Lover and The Distance Between Us by Maggie O’Farrell, The Flatshare and The Switch by Beth O’Leary, Burmese Days and Nineteen Eighty-Four by George OrwellWhere the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

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The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake, After Me Comes the Flood by Sarah Perry, Magic Fire, Remember Me, Sati and The Starlight Crystal by Christopher PikeBehind Her EyesCross Her Heart and Insomnia by Sarah Pinborough, The Witches Trilogy by Terry Pratchett, The Maid by Nita Prose, The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman

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The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin, Railhead, Black Light Express, Station Zero by Philip Reeve, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, Conversations with Friends and Normal People by Sally Rooney, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Crimes of Grindelwald by J K Rowling

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Final Girls, Home Before Dark, Lock Every DoorSurvive the Night and The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager, Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield, The Speed of the Dark by Alex Shearer, The Last Man by Mary Shelley, The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories edited by Tom Shippey, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner by Alan Sillitoe, A Far Cry From Kensington and Loitering With Intent by Muriel Spark

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Once Upon A Time in Hollywood by Quentin Tarantino, Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Mockingbird and The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis, The Adrian Mole series – The Secret Diary, The Growing Pains, The True Confessions, The Wilderness Years, The Cappuccino Years, The Lost Diaries by Sue Townsend, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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Plague by Jean Ure

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Blackberry and Wild Rose and The Image of Her by Sonia Velton

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Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day by Winifred Watson, The Food of the Gods and The Time Machine by H G Wells, Queenie of Norwich by L K Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, The Way Inn by Will Wiles, Much Obliged, Jeeves by P G Wodehouse, The Waves by Virginia Woolf

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We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

 

Book Reviews – Non-Fiction

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James Acaster’s Classic Scrapes and Perfect Sound Whatever by James Acaster, Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon by Buzz Aldrin, Unicorn: the Memoir of a Muslim Drag Queen by Amrou Al-Kadhi, The Land Where Lemons Grow: The Story of Italy and Its Citrus Fruit by Helena Attlee

B

Visit Sunny Chernobyl by Andrew Blackwell, The Prison Doctor by Amanda Brown, One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time by Craig Brown, The Apple Orchard by Pete Brown, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte, A Short History of Nearly Everything and The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson, The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

C

The End of the Road by Jack Cooke, Look Up: Our Story with the Stars by Sarah Cruddas

D

How to Fail by Elizabeth Day, An Atlas of Extinct Countries by Gideon Defoe

F

Islands of Abandonment: Life in the Post-Human Landscape by Cal Flyn

G

In Miniature: How Small Things Illuminate the World, Mauve and Timekeepers by Simon Garfield, The Lost City of Z by David Grann, The Storyteller by Dave Grohl

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Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story by Leah Hazard, Handle With Care: True Confessions of an NHS Health Visitor by Rachael Hearson, Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham

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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle, Milk of Paradise: A History of Opium by Lucy Inglis

J

A Del of a Life by David Jason, Me by Elton John, Sweet Dreams: The Story of the New Romantics by Dylan Jones. Bohemian Rhapsody: The Definitive Biography of Freddie Mercury by Lesley-Ann Jones

K

Toymaker by Tom Karen, Into the Fire: My Life as a London Firefighter by Edric Kennedy-Macfoy

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Weeds: The Story of Outlaw Plants by Richard Mabey, Underland by Robert Macfarlane, Mail Obsession: A Journey Round Britain by Postcode by Mark Mason, Tunnel 29 by Helena Merriman, Stuff Matters and Liquid by Mark Miodownik, Murder: The Biography by Kate Morgan, Critical by Matt Morgan, A Sound Mind by Paul Morley, The Moon: A History for the Future by Oliver Morton, The Story of NOW That’s What I Call Music in 100 Artists by Michael Mulligan

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Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down by Nicey and Wifey, (R)evolution: The Autobiography by Gary Numan

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I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes With Death by Maggie O’Farrell, The Library Book and The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean, Don’t Need the Sunshine by John Osborne

P

Ghostland by Edward Parnell, Limitless by Tim Peake, Slow Rise: A Bread-Making Adventure and The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees by Robert Penn, Help Me! by Marianne Power

R

Don’t Look Back in Anger by Daniel Rachel, Crossroads: In Search of the Moments that Changed Music by Mark Radcliffe, Around the World in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh, Step by Step: The Life in My Journeys and Journeys to Impossible Places by Simon Reeve, Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books by Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Lost Pianos of Siberia by Sophy Roberts

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In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein by Fiona Sampson, Strangeways: A Prison Officer’s Story by Neil Samworth, Who Dares Wins: Britain, 1979-1982 by Dominic Sandbrook, Major Labels: A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres by Kelefa Sanneh, The Seven Ages of Death and Unnatural Causes by Richard Shepherd, It’s All Too Much by David Stark, The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History and The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St Clair

T

By the Light of Burning Dreams by David Talbot and Margaret Talbot, Elizabeth’s Rival and  Uncrowned Queen by Nicola Tallis, Confident Women by Tori Telfer

W

The Courage to Care by Christie Watson, Caspar David Friedrich by Norbert Wolf, Jane Austen at Home: A Biography and Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Widow by Lucy Worsley

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Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah

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The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah by Benjamin Zephaniah

 

Bookish features

Film of the book can a film adaptation ever be better than the book?

Films for children / teens: A Monster Calls (2016), The BFG (2016), Mary Poppins (1964), Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016), Mortal Engines (2018), Stormbreaker (2006), The Black Cauldron (1985), The Fault in Our Stars (2014), The Railway Children (1970), Thumbelina (1994), Where the Wild Things Are (2009), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Films for an adult audience: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984), Adaptation (2002), A Scanner Darkly (2006), A Walk in the Woods (2015), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), Brideshead Revisited (2008), Brooklyn (2015), Doctor Sleep (2019), Dune (2021), Emma (1996), Emma (2020), Far From the Madding Crowd (2015), I, Robot (2014), Jane Eyre (2011), Never Let Me Go (2010), Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), Persuasion (2007), Persuasion (2022), Pride and Prejudice (2005), Rebecca (2020), The Exorcist (1973), The Great Gatsby (2013), The Hobbit (2012-14), The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962), The Lost City of Z (2016), The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), The Perks of Being A Wallflower (2012), The Shining (1980), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), War of the Worlds (2005)

Themed posts: 5 books which are literally about hearts, 5 classic books which should be adapted for the screen, Cats, cats and more cats: 5 books from my early years, Famous fictional hats, Fictional dates from hell!, Fictional holidays from hell!, Fictional presents I’ll never get for Christmas, Fictional transport, Insects in books, films and music, My mum’s favourite booksPaperback writers and neverending storiesPineapples and toilets: weird books from my shelf, Steam engines and sliding doors, Who will you invite to your fictional party?

Genres and formats: A paperback, an e-book and an audiobook walk into a bar, Battle of the classics!, Memoirs vs. biographies, Should fictional characters be likeable?, The ugliest book covers I own, What are ‘classic’ books?, What is ‘literary fiction’ anyway?What is a thriller?

My reading: Authors I want to re-read – and some I don’t, It’s my 30th birthday! Here are my top 30 books…, My most-read authors, What happened when I used a random generator to choose my re-reads, Why do I read so much?, Why I re-read books, Why I use a random number generator to choose my next read

The recommended authors series: Daphne du MaurierStella GibbonsSue Townsend, David Wiesner, Terry Pratchett, J K Rowling – and 10 writers I’d love to have coffee with: time travel edition!

The character of the month series: Lucy Snowe, Moist von Lipwig, Mr Darcy, Harry Potter, Beth March, Marvin the Paranoid Android, Bertie Wooster, Ebenezer Scrooge