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The Lost Man by Jane Harper

From above, from a distance, the marks in the dust formed a tight circle. – Opening sentence Whenever I have the opportunity to be part of a blog tour, I am always hesitant. What if I don’t like the book? I wouldn’t be able to lie in a review (in fact, I’d probably drop out of the tour altogether, and write my review independently). However, I’d heard such good things about Jane Harper’s previous novels (The Dry and Force of Nature) that I decided to take the risk – and I’m so glad I did because The Lost Man truly lives up to the hype! I’ll level with you, I’m somewhat of a cover snob and I’ll admit The Lost Man isn’t the most Instagram-worthy cover out there. But we all know what really matters is what’s inside – and what’s inside makes The Lost Man a very special book. The Lost Man is set in the Australian Outback, which…

Don’t Kill the Dog: Sabine Durrant on (Breaking) the Rules of Writing

Lie With Me, by Sabine Durrant, was one of my favourite reads of 2016. It was so good that I lent it to my sister (NatalieReads), who lent it to my mum, who lent it to her friend… and I’m not quite sure where exactly it is right now – I think I’m going to have to buy a handful of copies just to get mine back! When a book is so good, it’s always fascinating to me to find out a bit more about the author; why they write, what inspires them, and their general thoughts about things. So, as part of the Lie With Me blog tour, here’s a short piece from Sabine Durrant talking about the ‘rules’ of writing – and why sometimes you have to break them! One of the unspoken rules of screen-writing is: don’t kill the dog. You can slash throats, blow men to…

A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart

I am estranged. – Opening sentence A Boy Made of Blocks isn’t the usual sort of book I’m attracted to. I’m naturally drawn to darker works of fiction; stories of politics, war, discrimination etc. (that makes me sound a bit like an emo, but I’m sure there are those of you who understand). However, after reading the synopsis of A Boy Made of Blocks – a story about a young boy with autism, and his Dad who’s a little bit lost – I was reminded of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. I loved that book, and so I took up the opportunity to read A Boy Made of Blocks for this blog tour, and I wasn’t disappointed! This is a truly heartwarming read, and one that I imagine I will read again and again whenever I am feeling down or uninspired. It starts with Alex. A thirty-something Dad to…

Q+A with Rebecca Mackenzie, author of ‘In a Land of Paper Gods’

In a Land of Paper Gods is the debut novel from Rebecca Mackenzie, a writer, poet and performer. Set in China in 1941, in follows the story of a young girl called Etta, and her dorm mates, during the Second World War: Jiangxi Province, China, 1941. Atop the fabled mountain of Lushan perches a boarding school for the children of British missionaries. While her parents pursue their calling, ten-year-old Henrietta S. Robertson discovers that she has been singled out by the Lord. As Japanese invaders draw closer, Etta and her dorm mates retreat into a world where boundaries between make believe and reality become dangerously blurred. So begins a remarkable journey, through a mystical landscape and to the heart of a war. I’m still half-way through reading it, and I am currently enjoying the subtle touch of magic; Mackenzie’s writing reminds me of some of my favourite books growing up. Etta,…

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