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Review: The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton

A peculiar tale of life in 17th century Amsterdam with an unnerving mystery at it's heart. You feel for Petranella, the main character who is married off to a wealthy Venetian Merchant. The novel opens as she moves into his peculiar household ocupied by his cold sister, African Man-Servant and curious Maid. She is held… Continue reading Review: The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton

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Review: The Mechanical – Ian Tregillis

The Mechanical is a piece of speculative fiction which tells of an alternative history in which the Netherlands have unlocked the power to bring clockwork to life using alchemy. The last stronghold against the empirical might of the Dutch is Marseille in the West, home to the King of France in exile. Playing her part… Continue reading Review: The Mechanical – Ian Tregillis

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New Year, New Book Goals

Hey Everyone and Happy New Year! Praise be that 2017 is over with! What an absolute bloody nightmare! We're all here now though and ready to embark on new challenges whilst also having our sanity mauled by the pressures of modern life. Hoorah! I've taken a little bit of time to reflect on what I've… Continue reading New Year, New Book Goals

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Review: The Power – Naomi Alderman

I've been looking forward to sinking my teeth into this book since I first spotted it's shiny, red, propaganda style cover. The novel has stormed the book charts, snapped up the women's prize for fiction and been hailed a modern triumph in the press. Flipping gender power dynamics in a sharp twist of narrative, Naomi… Continue reading Review: The Power – Naomi Alderman

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Review: Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 takes us into the heart of a world where knowledge has been outlawed. People are consistently brainwashed by giant tv screens fitted to the walls in their homes. Everyone is desensitised, conversations are sound bites and books are banned. The story follows Montag, a fireman who's role is to  root out books and… Continue reading Review: Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

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Writing Wednesday: The Found Object Exercise

Happy Writing Wednesday! I’ve pulled some weird and wonderful ideas and topics from around the internet to help give us all a writing boost. Whilst they might not work for everyone, I hope for some they might provide a little bit of inspiration and encouragement. I’ve also included some creative exercises I’ve picked throughout my… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: The Found Object Exercise

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Favourite Authors: Raymond Carver

This week marks the anniversary of Raymond Carver's death. It's prompted me to revisit his collected stories. I always find that they resonate with me as strongly on re-reading them despite time and changes in my life. The stories look scathingly at moments of life. Transcending the ordinary and turning it into something unique and… Continue reading Favourite Authors: Raymond Carver