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The Snakes: A Novel by Sadie Jones - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062897022
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Published: Harper - June 25th, 2019

A beautifully crafted novel that builds the tension provocatively in a manner which will grip you and not let go. It begins as our protagonists, a young professional couple, go on vacation, stopping by a hotel that is run by the wife’s brother, only to find that the hotel has no guests, bar the snakes in the title, and to be surprised by the unexpected arrival of her parents. When tragedy strikes, the true nature of this, anything but normal, family begins to be slowly, but shockingly, revealed. Capturing many of today’s issues, along with the age old troublesome dynamics of family, this is such a brilliantly told story, I can’t recommend highly enough. Gripping, suspenseful and sublime. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


Time Song: Journeys in Search of a Submerged Land by Julia Blackburn - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781101871676
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Published: Pantheon - August 6th, 2019

Such an interesting book, Blackburn has combined memoir, travelogue and history in this journey to a lost land, known as Doggerland, not to mention the poems: the time songs which are interspersed throughout the book. Doggerland is a name given to the land that used to connect Great Britain to the rest of Europe, and is now submerged beneath the North Sea. We are treated to almost a treasure hunt through history in the way the author guides us through this intriguing land, and the flora and fauna that inhabited it. An absolute gem of a book!


Naturally Tan: A Memoir by Tan France - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250208668
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Published: St. Martin's Press - June 4th, 2019

A wonderfully authentic memoir by one of the beloved Fab Five from Netflix’s Queer Eye. We get to meet the real Tan France, from his childhood growing up in the north of England, his various jobs in the fashion business, to marrying his love-at-first-sight husband and moving to Utah, and, of course, getting the dream job which has made him one of the world’s sweethearts. This reads like an intimate chat with Tan himself, his voice shines through, and you can hear it in his words, I thoroughly enjoyed it. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


The Binding: A Novel by Bridget Collins - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062838094
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Published: William Morrow - April 16th, 2019

A masterful piece of storytelling, I could not put down this book.
This is a modern literary gothic novel, but also, an epic love story and wow was it good! Some people find themselves gifted with the ability to be a Binder, whether they want it or not, one who has the power to bind memories into books. These tend to be bad, or traumatic, memories, ones that people would rather forget. But what if you had memories bound that you want back?
We follow Emmet, as he finds out he is a born Binder, and a very talented one at that, as he begins his apprenticeship in a ramshackle country manor house, all the way to the seedier world of the big city, and the different lives, and ethics, of the binding trade and it’s players. It is also a beautiful love story, which is slowly revealed as the book progresses, and you will be very much drawn to these characters, and find yourself rooting for them. A book of three parts, which will keep you flipping pages into the wee hours. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


The Sentence Is Death: A Novel by Anthony Horowitz - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062676832
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Published: Harper - May 28th, 2019

Horowitz is such a clever writer, and this follow up to “The Word is Murder” is just as smart. We again get to revel in the author’s likability, along with the hard to like Detective Hawthorne, as we are carried on a tide of twists and turns. A highly enjoyable way to spend a weekend. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


Landfill: Notes on Gull Watching and Trash Picking in the Anthropocene by Tim Dee - Book Review

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By Tim Dee
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ISBN: 9781603589093
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - March 12th, 2019

Why do gulls annoy people so much? These beautiful, and highly adaptable, birds have found a way not only to survive, but thrive in our climate damaged world, and so we tend to come across them on a more daily basis. Why do we treasure the appearance of a woodpecker, or bluebird, but show disdain for the gull that swoops through a supermarket parking lot. This beautifully written book, looks at our relationship with these majestic birds and their ability to thrive on the trash that we are so good at creating. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


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