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The Alarming Palsy of James Orr

There is such a lot packed in so small a novel that it is a bursting multi-layered great read. Unnerving, poignant, mysterious, very cleverly written, Lee creates tension out of the ordinary, and a profound understanding of the isolation, disruption and anxiety that health issues create. James Orr is a complex and disrupting protagonist and the safe suburban setting challenges his unreliability. This is a powerful read and highly recommended.

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Slip of a Fish

The ugliest form of mother love explored in this book will disturb even the most liberated reader. As Ash, the mother in question, goes to unforgivable lengths to retain a hold on her seven year old daughter, her delicate state of mind is laid bare for all to see. Complex and clever wordplay add a literary dimension to this strikingly brave novel.

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My Sister, the Serial Killer

Though the title suggests otherwise, this is not crime fiction in the usual sense, but a wickedly entertaining story where the bond between two sisters is stretched to breaking point. The city of Lagos looms large - all my notions of life in Nigeria were swept away and the short, quick-fire chapters seem to heighten the impact of events. Since finishing this book I just can't stop thinking about it, though not for the reasons I expected.

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