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‘Veronica’ by Nicholas Christopher

Veronica is told from the perspective of Leo, who is suddenly thrust into a world of magic and time travel after a chance encounter on the snowy streets of Manhattan. The opening few chapters of Veronica were some of the best I've read in ages, totally unlike anything I've read before. Everything was described in crystal clear detail,… Continue reading ‘Veronica’ by Nicholas Christopher

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‘South of the Border, West of the Sun’ by Haruki Murakami

I haven't read a Murakami novel in a long time (well, actually it's only been a few months, but for me that's ages) and the relief that washed over me when I started reading this was overwhelming. Returning to his controlled yet eloquent style felt like putting on a well-worn pair of shoes. South of… Continue reading ‘South of the Border, West of the Sun’ by Haruki Murakami

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‘Call Me By Your Name’ by André Aciman

Call Me By Your Name is about the romance between 17-year-old Elio and Oliver, an American scholar staying with his family. Set in Italy over the course of a summer, it follows their relationship from when it blossoms up to its inevitable end. I'd previously seen the film and absolutely loved it. With another novel… Continue reading ‘Call Me By Your Name’ by André Aciman

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‘Astragal’ by Albertine Sarrazin

I wanted to read Astragal as soon as I saw the blurb- it sounded like my perfect book, particularly as for a while I've been a bit obsessed with all things '60s. Once I found out a bit about Albertine Sarrazin's life, I was even more eager to start it. My edition included an introduction by Patti… Continue reading ‘Astragal’ by Albertine Sarrazin

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‘Bad Behaviour’ by Mary Gaitskill

Apologies for my long absence- I've been deep in exam season. It's almost over, though, so I should be back to regularly posting soon! In general I avoid reading short stories at all costs- the result of having to study an anthology of them for GCSEs and loathing it- but Bad Behaviour may have changed… Continue reading ‘Bad Behaviour’ by Mary Gaitskill

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‘The Vegetarian’ by Han Kang

Where to start with this book? I'm not sure how I can write a review that will do it justice. The Vegetarian is set in South Korea, and it follows the story of Yeong-hye, a dutiful housewife who adopts a vegetarian diet after she starts to have violent dreams. This decision shocks everyone around her, as in Korea… Continue reading ‘The Vegetarian’ by Han Kang