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The Raptures by Jan Carson: ‘You people can’t see anything but yourselves’

My reading year’s off to a great start with a book by an author whose name I’ve spotted frequently in my Twitter timeline but somehow never got around to reading. Given that I wasn’t entirely persuaded by its premise, it was those tweets from so many readers I trust that tipped the balance in favour …

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Cover image for Things We Do Not Tell the People We Love by Huma Qureshi

Things We Do Not Tell the People We Love by Huma Qureshi: A quietly accomplished collection

I take occasional digs on here at the hype which pervades Twitter where every book is super fabulous but it has to be said I’m often grateful when a book is flagged I might have otherwise missed. Huma Qureshi’s Things We Do Not Tell the People We Love is a case in point. Comprising nine …

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Cover image for Address Book by Neil Bartlett

Address Book by Neil Bartlett: Seven stories of love and belonging

It was its structure that attracted me to Neil Bartlett’s Address Book. It’s a set of seven loosely linked short stories each of which takes place in London in different times and different situations, all sharing the themes of home, belonging and love. I usually pick out the best of the bunch with short story …

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