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Lowborn
Book Review

Lowborn

Kerry Hudson. Vintage. (256p) ISBN 9781784708603 I first heard Kerry talk at a Vintage Roadshow at Forum Books, Corbridge before Christmas, this didn’t put me off though 😉 and I was really fascinated by the concept of Lowborn. Earlier this year I went to another Vintage Roadshow and was pleased to be able to pick …

The Titanic Detective Agency
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The Titanic Detective Agency

Lindsay Littleson. Cranachan Publishing. (200p) ISBN 9781911279440 Though the story does come with a well-known ending, The Titanic Detective Agency explores the story of the Titanic from a different angle. This is the story of Bertha and her dreams, travelling from Aberdeen to America she has to fill her time and sets up the titular …

The Short Story of Film
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The Short Story of Film

Ian Haydn Smith. Orion. (224p) ISBN 9781786275639 The Short History of Film is a brilliantly concise review of film and film theory that explains quite a lot I didn’t know about this area of the arts. Broken into four areas covering genres, key films, movements, and techniques with each section giving a bite-sized explanation of …

The Whispers
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The Whispers

Greg Howard. Penguin Random House. (256p) ISBN 9780241367087 I received an advanced copy of this from Penguin and was so happy when it arrived. I had been hearing whispers (…) of this book on Book Twitter for a while and wanted to see for myself what it was about. We follow Riley James through what …

The Wolf and the Watchman
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The Wolf and the Watchman

Niklas Natt och Dag. John Murray Press. (416p) ISBN 9781473682146 The Wolf and the Watchman was one of my favourite books of 2019. As I’ve probably gone on at length somewhere else, I’m not a thriller/mystery reader by nature, but this is such a wonderfully engrossing and descriptive novel of 19th century Stockholm I was …

Boy Underwater
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Boy Underwater

Adam Baron. HarperCollins. (256p) ISBN 9780008267018 Boy Underwater is the story of Cymbeline and his family, Cymbeline is nine-years old and his mother has avoided to teach him to swim in all those years. Then due to a school trip to the swimming pool the past unfolds itself into the present causing all sorts of …