Review: The Sisters of Auschwitz, by Roxane van Iperen

There have been many books written about the Second World War. But I don't think I've ever read one quite like this: the closest I can think of is Laurent Binet's HhhH, but this has a fair amount less whimsy and a fair amount more forensic analysis in it. This is a story about family, bravery, sacrifice …

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Two South Korean books for the ladies (and by the ladies)

It was only until after I'd started reading these books that I began to appreciate just how little I know about South Korean culture. It's something that doesn't feature heavily in the books I read, so this was a long-overdue deep dive into life on the other side of the world: life in a country …

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Sadness and Shakespeare: The Last Act of Adam Campbell, by Andy Jones

Pass the tissues, because this book had me ugly-crying from the mid-point onward. It's poignant, bittersweet and also stuffed to the gills with characters you can't help but love... who all have cancer. Despite what you might think (bear with me!), it's also a must-read, because above all it's a book about hope. The main …

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Getting literary with Girl, Woman, Other

Alright, everybody, it's time to get literary! I've been dying to read Bernadine Evaristo's Girl, Woman, Other ever since it came to my attention thanks to the Booker Prize. I mean, what's not to love? It's a book steeped in women's experience and the experience of black and LGBTQ+ people in the UK, and it's written in a …

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Simply riveting, darling: The Mitford Scandal, by Jessica Fellowes

It's the Roaring Twenties (or Thirties!). It's time for champagne! Excess! And... murder? Former ladies' maid Louisa Cannon thinks that she's left the glamorous Mitford sisters far behind, but when Bryan Guinness proposes marriage to the beautiful Diana Mitford, she is once again swept up into a giddy whirlwind of hedonism. That is, until the …

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