Skin – E. M. Reapy

“Wherever you travel you always take yourself with you” word by Neil Gaiman, but very relevant to Natalie. They describe the heart of her problem. Disillusioned with her life, she decides to travel. But she is always there. A sharp, clear-eyed examination of how we cannot get away from ourselves, no matter how hard we …

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The Liar’s Daughter – Claire Allan

A book that seems to be positioned as crime fiction, but turns out to be a suffocating family drama with a murder thrown in. A story of complex family relations, seemingly resolved when the family dispersed, but brought back to life when everyone had to once again come together in a small Derry house. Once …

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Pet Subjects: Animal Tales from the Telegraph’s Resident Vet – Peter Wedderburn

It's one of the books I ordered from The Book People before the coronavirus madness started for real. They took their time fulfilling my order, so long that my company decided we should work from home before the books arrived. The bulk of my order was the discounted Man Booker Shortlist 2019, but I added some …

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Books for the Lockdown – Death, Dying and Grieving

Welcome to week four, you can find links to the previous three posts at the bottom. We continue on the emotional merry-go-round. Last week focused on the wise and calming books, so this week we’re turning to darker topics. Books about death, dying and grieving. Surprisingly some of them actually offer a lot of consolation …

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