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The Death of Francis Bacon
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The Death of Francis Bacon

Max Porter. Faber & Faber. (80p) ISBN 9780571370702 That was a difficult read, with all the energy and style of a Francis Bacon painting, words often hard words being used to explore the dying mind of the artist. Poetry, prose, and everything in between playing with mood, energy, lighting, history, emotion, and death. Max Porter …

The Gift of Dark Hollow
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The Gift of Dark Hollow

Kieran Larwood. Faber & Faber. (320p) ISBN 9780571328420 The Gift of Dark Hollow is a wonderful follow-up to the first of the series, The Legend of Podkin One-Ear which was one of my favourite books of last year. We follow the further adventures of Podkin, Paz and Pook in their fight against the Gorm. In …

The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
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The Legend of Podkin One-Ear

Kieran Larwood. Faber & Faber. (288p) ISBN 9780571340200 It’s a bit cliched and I don’t often say it, so here goes. The Legend of Podkin One-Ear is an instant classic and will be read for decades as a favourite of adults and children who will go on to introduce it to their children. From the …

Elizabeth & Zenobia
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Elizabeth & Zenobia

Jessica Miller. Faber & Faber. (240p) ISBN 9780571335732 It’s actually been a while since I read Elizabeth and Zenobia and it still stands strong in my mind. A wonderful mystery with imaginary (?) friends, loss, obsession and certain Victorian sensibilities. Elizabeth moves to a big house in the countryside with forbidden areas and strange happenings, …

Grief is the Thing with Feathers
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Grief is the Thing with Feathers

Max Porter. Faber & Faber. (128p) ISBN 9780571327232 I was so looking forward to Grief is the Thing with Feathers after hearing so much about it. It was such a refreshing change from the works I usually read, prose and poetry combined into a brave journey through grief and the feelings that come from being …