Recommended Reading: January 2017

After a bit of time off due to a combination of workload and the plague, I’m back with a few more recommendations.

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Difficult Women – Roxane Gay
Release Date: 03/01/2017
Publisher: Corsair
Pages: pp. 272 RRP: £13.99 (Paperback)
Kindle edition available here (£7.99)

I won’t hide it – I’m a fan of Roxane Gay’s work. Ever since I was directed to read Bad Feminist, I’ve always made time to read her work (including her amazing run on Marvel’s World of Wakanda series, alongside Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Black Panther series) . So when it was announced that a collection of her short stories was going to be released, I picked up a copy as soon as it came out.

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If you liked… A Natural History of Hell

I was recently recommended an interesting collection of short stories by Jeffrey Ford, A Natural History of Hell.  I’ve also been asked about short story collections over the winter break, so I thought I’d recommend a few.

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A Natural History of Hell – Jeffrey Ford
Release Date: 19/07/2016
Publisher: Small Beer Press
Pages: 256pp RRP: £13.02 (Paperback)

With a title like A Natural History of Hell, it was going to be hard to ignore this book. And I’m glad that I didn’t. This is a collection that can at times prove to be genuinely unsettling, with Ford taking the reader to some sinister places.

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Recommended Reading (September 2016)

I’ve been toying with some new ideas for different types of content (watch this space), and have been meaning to try to put out some more reviews, but have been a bit busy. Here’s another small collection of other books I’ve been reading recently (and should have read a while back!).

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Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was – Sjón
Release Date: 02/06/16 (UK)
Publisher (UK): Sceptre
Pages: 160pp RRP: £14.99 (Hardback)
Kindle edition available here (£9.99)

Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson, or as he’s better known by his pen name of ‘Sjón’, has been a key figure in the Icelandic literary scene for decades. In the story of the ‘boy who never was’, Sjón examines the relationship between fantasy and reality, and how one bleeds into the other.

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Recommended Reading (Early 2016)

Given that I originally planned to get this website up and running earlier in the year, I thought I should share a few personal recommendations for books released over the last few months.

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Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist – Sunil Yapa
Release Date: 04/02/2016
Publisher (UK): Little Brown Book Group
Pages: 320pp RRP: £14.99 (Hardback)
Kindle edition available here (£7.99)

When a debut novel opens by dropping the reader into the thick of a major protest – in this case the WTO Protests of 1999 (also known as the Battle of Seattle), and then powers along with a vibrant narrative throughout – it’s hard not to take notice. Sunil Yapa has made some waves with this piece, and I can see why.

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