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Ailsa
The book that I first remember reading by myself was Enid Blyton’s Five Go to Treasure Island which I found on a dusty bookshelf in my grandmother’s island home one summer when I was six. It was an old hardback copy, over an inch thick and I was enthralled, updating my friends daily on the story. Nothing much has changed; I am still obsessed with literature.
Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence is the debut novel of David Samuel Levinson. It's set in a small college town in upstate New York in the nineties. This is an accomplished book with believabl…
The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first book for adults. After seven Harry Potter books full of magic and mystery, at first glance she seems to have turned to the most pedestrian of English to…
Honor by Turkish writer Elif Shafak is one of the most gripping and well-written books I've had the pleasure to read. The story spans three time periods and takes place in two very different loca…
Lynsey Hanley's Estates: An Intimate History is an eye-opening book about the history of social housing in Britain and how it is treated today.  Hanley explains how these government bui…
Sheila Heti's How Should a Person Be? is quite unlike any other book I've ever read. It's a fusion of meta-fiction and autobiography in which Heti uses a wide range of writing styles; play s…
D.L Bogdan's The Forgotten Queen tells the little known story of Margaret Tudor, elder sister of King Henry VIII. Margaret is married as a young girl to James IV, King of Scotland to keep…
Kate Morton’s The House at Riverton takes us below the stairs of a majestic English country house before the First World War. Our guide in this now-vanished universe…