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Review: Borne by Jeff Vandermeer

In a future ravaged by biotechnology, Rachel scavenges to survive, even raking the fur of the giant bear, Mord, that wreaks havoc in her ruined city. It’s amongst Mord’s stinking pelt that she discovers Borne, a small sea-anenome-like creature that soon grows to be much more than he seems.

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Review: Bleaker House by Nell Stevens

When Nell Stevens is given a fellowship grant to spend three months where ever she wants to write, she chooses one of the most remote places she can. Wanting a sabbatical from distractions, Nell travels to Bleaker, a small island in the Falklands with only sheep, penguins, and a copy of Dickens’ Bleak House to keep her company. Bleaker House chronicles her short time on the island and the writing process of her novel.

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Review: Zlata’s Diary – A Child’s Life in Wartime Sarajevo by Zlata Filipović

Zlata’s Diary begins as the daily musings of a typical 11-year-old girl, who loves music and her friends. Soon after she starts her diary, war breaks out and Sarajevo becomes a battleground that changes Zlata’s life forever. With no more school or music lessons, the highlights of Zlata’s days are birthdays celebrated with canned food rations, whilst her worst days find her saying goodbye to escaping family and grieving for lost friends.

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Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by gods of old and with Norse Mythology he lends his pen to retelling the stories of his favourites. Exploring origin stories of Yggdrasil and Odin, and the many tales of Thor, Loki, and Freya, Gaiman breaths new life into these classic Nordic myths.

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Review: The Romanovs by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Montefiore charts the ascension and downfall of one of the most intriguing royal families in history, the Romanovs. Ruling Russia for over three centuries from 1613 until their brutal assassinations in 1917, the Romanovs spawned 18 tsars and tsarinas. Their reigns gave rise to multiple myths and legends and more than a few impostor heirs. This tome explores the political and the personal lives of this legendary dynasty.

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Review: The Island (Hidden Iceland series) by Ragnar Jónasson

Detective Hulda Hermannsdóttir is tasked with investigating the mysterious death of a young woman on the isolated island of Elliðaey during a weekend getaway with old friends. She soon discovers that this group have seen tragedy before, and begins to question if the shocking murder of one of their friend’s ten years ago is connected with this new case.

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Review: Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton

Lavinia has everything that Louise is missing, so when the two become unlikely best friends, Louise’s life is turned upside down. The parties get wilder, the bills get bigger, and Louise begins to question how far she’ll go keep this up, to have a life like Lavinia’s, or Lavinia’s life itself.

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Review: Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a coming-of-age story that follows a young Northern girl named Jeanette. Adopted and raised in a religious family, Jeanette believes she is destined to become a missionary. As Jeanette reaches her teenage years, she finds herself falling in love with another girl, and her strict Pentecostal church responds with vehemence.

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Review: The Tyranny of Lost Things by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

When Harmony drops out of university, she decides to return to her childhood home: a North London commune that’s now a decrepit block of flats. She hopes by moving back she’ll discover the source of her unsettling nightmares. The house has changed a lot, but at the same time so much is the same. It’s still a hotbed of vices, which fuels Harmony’s search for answers, answers that may change everything she thought she knew about her parents and herself.

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