Book review: The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota

Refugee, migrant – two terms that are very politically charged, but how often do we think about the people behind these words? Sunjeev Sahota’s The Year of the Runaways is fiction, but its subject is something that hits the headlines in the real world with alarming regularity, although with little of the nuance displayed in…

Book review: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

In Jamaica in 1976 a group of gunmen stormed Bob Marley’s house, and although the singer survived, the men were never caught. This incident forms the centre point of Marlon James’ stunning A Brief History of Seven Killings. In the novel, James fictionalises the build up to the shooting, and its long reaching aftermath, as…

Book review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Have you ever had to keep quiet about a book by an author you love? And when I say keep quiet, I mean you can’t talk about its plot with anyone, or analyse the characters, or just gush about how amazing the author is. It’s difficult, let me tell you. In the weeks since I…

Book review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I adore Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series, which features a complex, kick-arse heroine, lots of action and smart writing. Her new series, which kicks off with A Court of Thorns and Roses, contains many of the same good points, but wrapped up in a new, original fantasy story. When Feyre kills a wolf in…

Book review: Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz

Everyone knows who James Bond is, or at least they think they do. The James Bond I know is the James Bond of the films, particularly those featuring Pierce Brosnan or Daniel Craig as the man with a license to kill. But that James Bond – suave, smooth, likeable if a little angsty and high…

Book review: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

If you go by social media, Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life is either the most amazing, emotional, poignant book ever written, or it’s an ill constructed, ridiculous, far too long brick, and there is no in between. Well, I’m here to say that I’m the in between. There are moments of A Little Life I…

Book review: Good Hope Road by Sarita Mandanna

It would be entirely too simple to say that Sarita Mandanna’s Good Hope Road is a book about the First World War and its aftermath. Rather, it’s a story about fatherhood and family, about how there are some things we never, ever get over, about how love is enduring, and about how society can let…

Book review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Classic is a word bandied about a lot when it comes to books. There are many, many lists of classics out there, and some writers are lucky enough to have just about all their books called classics (and not just because they were written many years ago). Harper Lee is a writer whose entire output…