The Burning God, by R.F. Kuang

By sheer coincidence, I started re-reading The Poppy War just before I found out you could request copies of The Burning God on Netgalley. What followed was a sheer week of binge-reading R.F. Kuang. Before you stands a wreck of a reader: broken by three books' worth of excellent writing, gripping plot twists and the …

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Review: Look Again, by David Bailey

How do you get a whole life of hedonism into one book? David Bailey gives it a damn good go. Bailey was at the heart of the Swinging Sixties- in fact, he helped to invent it- and Look Again takes us right to the heart of the action. If you've ever heard of Jean Shrimpton …

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A slice of historical fiction for autumn

When the present day seems that little bit too depressing, it's time to turn to the history books. Even better: historical fiction, which reinvents the past in new and exciting ways. So come on: let's hop into the TARDIS and whizz back in time to visit these far-flung lands... The Mercies, by Kiran Millwood Hargrave …

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Blog Tour: The Year of the Gun, by H.B. Lyle

Before we get started with this book review, just take a look at that cover. The colour! The design! The intrigue! Absolutely gorgeous- so you can imagine when it popped through my letterbox I picked it up with glee. And now for the knockout punch: this book combines my love of Victoriana with a story …

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See the world anew in Robert Dinsdale’s Paris by Starlight

I knew my non-fiction reading streak couldn't continue for long... Honestly, this book came roaring out of the gates and ticked all my boxes straight off. Robert Dinsdale, I salute you, sir: you are a bloody genius. Paris by Starlight is a smorgasbord of delights- so much so that it's hard to know what to …

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