My Brother by Karin Smirnoff

My Brother is a Swedish-translation debut novel that’s going to divide opinions both for its difficult subject matter and the distinctive writing style.  Due for UK release on 4th March, it’s already making ripples in the book world, and will undoubtedly appeal to fans of Scandi-noir dramas.

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Book Review: Like Water For Chocolate

Like Water For Chocolate is pitched as a powerful love story set in turn-of-the-century Mexico, laced with magic and liberally sprinkled with recipes. I started the book with great expectations of a richly-told story that would stir up dangerously powerful sugar cravings … but in reality it was a bittersweet book I was I glad to finish.

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Book Review: Killing Commendatore

This is my first Murakami book, and probably my last. The book was beautifully written, and has been perfectly transcribed to English, but it just left me feeling rather stupid; like I’d totally missed the point. Yes, it was thought provoking, and contained some truly lovely quotes, passages, and refections on life, but I’m afraid the manifestations of metaphors as ‘real characters’ became too surreal for me.

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Book Review: The Little Paris Bookshop

The Little Paris Bookshop is one of my favourite books – it’s charming, heart-warming, and deliciously escapist. Broken-hearted Jean Perdu owns a bookshop on a barge, moored on the Seine, from which he prescribes books to treat conditions that doctors just can’t. The unexpected arrival of a new neighbour prompts Jean to set sail down the rivers and canals of France to Provence in search of answers – and as his nautical miles increase, so too does his lust for life. This book is packed with tempting food, atmospheric locations, and blossoming new friendships.

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