• The Road Trip by Beth O'Leary
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    The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary (Review)

    Happy publication day to The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary! Thank you to the lovely folks at Berkley Jove for my ARC.   One of my favourite parts of following an author’s career in real time or even discovering an author and making my way through their backlist is seeing how their work changes, grows, develops, the boundaries they push and break and the risks they take that pay off…and those that don’t. I’d put The Road Trip somewhere in the middle of that last scale. What I love about Beth’s work is that she retains her unique sensibilities (charming…

  • In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri against a wooden backdrop with a pile of books/journals in upper left corner.
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    In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri (Review)

    “A new language is almost a new life, grammar and syntax recast you, you slip into another logic and another sensibility.”—Domenico Starnone Do you find this to be true? I’m fluent in Marathi and English, conversational in Hindi, and have been learning German and Spanish where I have different levels of comprehension and speaking skills. I worked in Spain for 9 months and have spent enough time in Germany during visits to know what it means to immerse yourself in a foreign language and sometimes even start dreaming or thinking in snatches of that language – and I do find…

  • Me at the Daunt Bookstore in London
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    Dear 2020

    Dear 2020, When I impulsively started writing you a letter in my journal earlier this month, I had no idea what I wanted to achieve or how it was going to look. I thought it might be cathartic at worst, reflective at best. At the very least, I could get to grips with what has been a hot mess of a strange twelve months. More often than not, I have to write something down before I know what it is that I really want to say. Sprinkle in the simultaneous blur and endless trajectory of your existence and I shouldn’t…

  • The Joker art in pastels
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    The Dark Knight – twelve years later

    American TV critic James Poniewozik has talked about every generation’s need to “remake its screen superheroes in its own image.” At first glance, it’s indisputable. But when you think about the fact that on July 18, 2020, The Dark Knight completed twelve years, and consider its continued, if not increased, relevance, it begs the question of what makes certain works of art timeless. What is it about them that appeals and conforms to every zeitgeist? To do that, we need to go back in time, to the genesis of the modern-day superhero, before whizzing forward to 2008 when Nolan’s genius…

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    The Great Library (series) by Rachel Caine (Review)

    From not knowing it was a five-book series when I picked up the first book at the end of last month to devouring all of them in just a few weeks. I cannot recommend The Great Library series by Rachel Caine enough! Imagine a world where The Great Library of Alexandria has survived. Over the centuries, it has become ruthless and all-powerful, gatekeeping what they deem “harmful”, controlling the knowledge that goes out to the masses (it is illegal for anyone to personally own a book). They rule the world through sister Serapeums in every city. This is a world that, on the…

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