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Spill Simmer Falter Wither

Take a journey around Ireland with 'unnamed man' and One-Eye, his rescued hunting dog. This isn't an adventure of a lifetime - more a matter of survival. While the book is easy to read, I found the subject matter of loneliness, sadness and death difficult and upsetting. Don't read this book if you're not 'in a good place'. Whilst haunting and bleak, the book did contain elements of hope and kindness and love to another living being.

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The Mirror

A Venetian nun and an eccentric composer: what can they possibly have in common? Quite a lot, as these two novellas show: a life of order and beauty, a quest for meaning. But their destiny will startle and move you in very different ways. I can say no more without spoiling your enjoyment!

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Ephram Jennings has loved Ruby Bell since they were children, but Ruby is now a woman broken by years of abuse. This is a beautifully written novel about the redemptive power of compassion and love. Although I was intrigued by the supernatural elements of the story, scenes of sexual violence against women and children made for a read which pushed me to the limits of my endurance.

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Lunatics, Lovers and Poets

A well written short story can be more satisfying to the reader than an overblown novel and there are several in this commemorative anthology that hit the spot. Infused with international flavours, there's no need to swot up on Shakespeare or Cervantes to enjoy this literary mezze.

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Written without punctuation, or adhering to traditional structure, these poems vary from humorous observations to moving descriptions. Mostly about masculinity and what it means to be a man, there are moments of social observation and, as the title indicates, the poems are very physical in nature with strong, powerful imagery. Although the style is initially challenging the language is easy to read, and the experience of doing so is rewarding.

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