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‘Rivers of London’ by Ben Aaronovitch

Prepare for magic, mayhem and the newest officer of Met. Ben Aaronvitch’s ‘Rivers of London’ follows probationary officer Peter Grant, who is saved from an impeding future as a desk-jockey for the London Metropolitan police, when he accidentally finds the only witness of a bloody murder in Covent Gardens. There’s one problem however. The witness … Continue reading

‘Haroun and the Sea of Stories’ by Salman Rushdie

The last time I encountered Salman Rushdie’s work it was in the form of ‘Midnight’s Children‘. I was immediately struck by his vivacity of language. Six hundred pages on however, I was decidedly less enthralled. Its textual aesthetics struggled to carry me over its sheer scale and by the time I reached the last page I … Continue reading

‘The Passion of New Eve’ by Angela Carter

I know nothing. I am tabula erasa, a blank sheet of paper, an unhatched egg. I have not yet become a woman, although I possess a woman’s shape. Not a woman, no: both more and less than a real woman. Now I am as mythic and monstrous as Mother herself; but I cannot bring myself … Continue reading

‘The Eyre Affair’ by Jasper Fforde

. . . the Toad News anchorwoman sombrely announced that a young surrealist had been killed – stabbed to death by a gang adhering to a radical school of French Impressionists. Forget everything you know. There is another 1985. Another England where the Crimea War never ended, questions of Shakespearean authorship can inspire gang warfare … Continue reading

‘The Witches’ by Roald Dahl

From the first page of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ the narrator warns you: ‘this is not a fairy tale. This is about REAL WITCHES’. So begins the story of a boy from England and his adventures with the witches. In the very first chapter the boy’s parents die in a car crash and his grandmother … Continue reading

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