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The Other Half of Augusta Hope by Joanna Glen review – high emotions
This Costa prize-shortlisted novel travels to Burundi and back

Jane Housham

02, Jan, 2020 @10:01 AM

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The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein review – a life of extremes
One woman’s extraordinary career in the wake of death, decay and disaster

Jane Housham

28, Dec, 2019 @9:58 AM

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Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver review – dark goings-on in the Fens
Themes of religion and control are examined in this creepy gothic novel about a recluse

Jane Housham

07, Dec, 2019 @10:00 AM

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Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi review – love and loss in Oman
This family saga is the first novel from the Gulf to be shortlisted for the Man Booker International prize

Jane Housham

02, May, 2019 @9:30 AM

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Silence Is My Mother Tongue by Sulaiman Addonia review – life in exile
This double portrait of a sister and brother in a Sudanese refugee camp is bursting with remarkable images

Jane Housham

14, Dec, 2018 @10:00 AM

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris review – love and survival
Based on a real-life story, this bestselling debut novel glosses over the horrors of the concentration camps with sugary romance

Jane Housham

22, Nov, 2018 @9:59 AM

You by Phil Whitaker review – the parent’s tale
A cry for help and understanding from an estranged father

Jane Housham

18, May, 2018 @1:29 PM

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Tomorrow by Elisabeth Russell Taylor review – an early 90s gem
A tale of grief with a beautiful structure and wrenching twist

Jane Housham

21, Feb, 2018 @9:58 AM

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Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table by Stephen Westaby – review
A heart-stopping memoir – and a notably down-to-earth example of the genre

Jane Housham

19, Jan, 2018 @2:30 PM

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Memoirs of a Polar Bear by Yoko Tawada review – dreamlike fictions
The bears in this trio of magical novellas are based on real animals, including the much-loved Knut, born in a Berlin zoo

Jane Housham

21, Dec, 2017 @10:30 AM

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Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa review – a bittersweet confection about prejudice and friendship
Outcast from her community, leprosy sufferer Tokue finds a new purpose in life helping another struggling with their own inner demons

Jane Housham

27, Oct, 2017 @3:00 PM

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Reconciliation by Guy Ware review – ingenious plotting in a seductive narrative
A clever reminder that stories aren’t true – even when they are based on real events

Jane Housham

13, Oct, 2017 @1:01 PM

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