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The Sleeping Nymph / Painted in Blood by Ilaria Tuti, Book Review

The Sleeping Nymph / Painted in Blood by Ilaria Tuti, Book Review

Ilaria Tuti’s The Sleeping Nymph (aka Painted in Blood) is a criminally good character-driven crime thriller and uniquely captivating historical mystery in translation. Read on for our full review. The Sleeping Nymph Book Synopsis In the highly anticipated follow-up to Flowers…

Breaking & Mending by Joanna Cannon, Review: Powerful memoir

Breaking & Mending by Joanna Cannon, Review: Powerful memoir

Breaking & Mending is a slim but strikingly honest and powerful memoir from Joanna Cannon, psychiatrist and bestselling author of literary fiction. Breaking & Mending Synopsis A junior doctor’s stories of compassion & burnout In this powerful memoir, Joanna Cannon tells…

The Museum of Forgotten Memories, Review: Smashing boxes

The Museum of Forgotten Memories, Review: Smashing boxes

The Museum of Forgotten Memories by Anstey Harris is deeply moving and uplifting fiction powered by emotional honesty, strength of community and the gold in every day. Read on for our full review. The Museum of Forgotten Memories Synopsis From the bestselling…

The Switch, Book Review: Beth O’Leary’s feisty charmer

The Switch, Book Review: Beth O’Leary’s feisty charmer

The Switch, book two from Beth O’Leary, is dramatic fiction with charming gusto from the quirkiest of premises. Read on for our full review. The Switch Book Summary Eileen is sick of being 79.Leena’s tired of life in her twenties.Maybe…

The Twentieth Man by Tony Jones, Review: Taut political thriller

The Twentieth Man by Tony Jones, Review: Taut political thriller

In The Twentieth Man Tony Jones’ narrative setup, thrilling historical plot, depth of characterisation and literary prose had me enthralled. The Twentieth Man Synopsis Terrorism, politics and betrayals collide in this unputdownable, fast-paced thriller. In September 1972, journalist Anna Rosen takes an early…

The Weekend by Charlotte Wood, Review: Compelling & cathartic

The Weekend by Charlotte Wood, Review: Compelling & cathartic

The Weekend by Charlotte Wood is a quietly confronting read. A female friendship character study brimming with symbolism, compelling & cathartic. Shortlisted for the 2020 Stella Prize and ALS Gold Medal. Read on for our full review. The Weekend Book Synopsis People…

BRUNY by Heather Rose, Book Review: Literary political thriller

BRUNY by Heather Rose, Book Review: Literary political thriller

Bruny by Heather Rose is an intelligent, timely and thought-provoking literary political thriller. Read on for our full review. Bruny Book Synopsis How far would your government go? A right-wing US president has withdrawn America from the Middle East and the UN….

The Returns, Book Review: Philip Salom’s beguiling intimacy

The Returns, Book Review: Philip Salom’s beguiling intimacy

The Returns is Philip Salom’s latest Miles Franklin shortlisted novel, in which his capacity to beguile with the commonplace is on full display. I had the pleasure of reading this title and welcoming Philip to Booklover Book Reviews to share the inspiration…

ANIMAL PEOPLE by Charlotte Wood, Review: Quietly uncompromising

ANIMAL PEOPLE by Charlotte Wood, Review: Quietly uncompromising

Animal People is a sharply observed 24-hour urban love story that follows Stephen Connolly – a character from Charlotte Wood’s bestselling novel The Children – through one of the worst days of his life. Animal People Synopsis: On this stiflingly hot December day,…