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A Shout in the Ruins

A profound, beautifully written, heartbreaking story of tragedies caused by unthinking acceptance of nationalist and racial myths. I also found the book a real page turner as I couldn't wait to find out what happened to the oppressors and victims of the Civil War and their descendants.

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The Colour of Bee Larkham's Murder

Jasper is synaesthetic - meaning that he sees the world around him through colours. He also has prosopagnosia (face blindness), so he cannot recognise faces either. As a result you can never be entirely sure of Jasper's version of events, leaving you to piece together the mystery through flashbacks and the present. This uncertainty adds to the suspense and the intrigue, creating a highly original whodunit.

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This short, sharp, shock of a book tackles a taboo subject head on. I found it hard not to judge a woman who has everything and risks losing it to feed her addiction. Through the course of the story my opinion of Adèle swung to and fro like a pendulum, mirroring her own internal tussle. Events are relayed in a flat, matter of fact way, yet I also found the writing strangely poetic. A divisive read which compels and repulses in equal measure.

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The Polyglot Lovers

Three narrators, telling three stories, set in three European cities, are the ingredients for a satire on artistic pretensions and the literary reputations of certain male authors renowned for their misogyny. However, the sadistic treatment of the women in their sexual misadventures is counterbalanced (if not excused) by the women’s masochistic tendencies to fall for the wrong kind of men - so plenty of fertile material for feminist debate.

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