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Book Review: The Fall of the House of Byron: Scandal and Seduction in Georgian England by Emily Brand

While the poet Lord Byron is well-known as being ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’, as it turns out his ancestors may have had something to do with that reputation. Byron’s heritage is full of adventures and wealth but also ruin, promiscuity, and even murder. Emily Brand’s meticulously researched history of the Byron family draws on correspondence of the Byrons and those who knew them, newspaper and tabloid reports of the family’s doings, and other historical records to paint a portrait of the lineage of one of literature’s most notorious poets.

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Book Review: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The House of Berethnet’s thousand year rule is all that has kept the Nameless One, a powerful dragon with an army of wyverns and wyrms at his disposal, locked away in the Dreadmount. Pressure is mounting on the current queen, Queen Sabran the Ninth, to give the West an heir and continue the protection of her realm. Assassination attempts are creeping closer and closer but Ead, a mage disguised as a lady-in-waiting, is silently thwarting them all, leading to rising suspicion of her identity at court.

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Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant’s perfectly timetabled life is turned upside down when she and the office IT guy, Raymond, save the life of Sammy, a elderly man who falls in the street. She finds her life disrupted by social expectations and engagements, and longs to return to her weekly routine of vodka binges and frozen food. One thing she does wish she could cut from her week is her Wednesday phone call with her mother. With the help of Raymond, Sammy, and a host of other new acquaintances, Eleanor begins to learn that her life can be different if only she just opens up to it.

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Book Review: Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Raxter School for Girls lies at the tip of an isolated island off the coast of Maine. Eighteen months ago it was hit by the Tox, a mysterious illness that killed off most of the teachers and leaves the students suffering from horrific and violent mutations. The island has been in quarantine ever since. The only people to ever leave the confines of the school are those chosen for Boat Shift; a select few tasked with collecting meagre supplies shipped in by the Navy to be brutally fought over by the surviving girls at the school.

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Book Review: The Last Day by Andrew Hunter Murray

The year is 2059 and the Earth has ceased orbiting the sun; an event that has become known as the Stop. Half the world burns in never-ending sunlight, whilst the other freezes under the cover of darkness. A thin slither of the globe that exists in permanent twilight has managed to survive. Within this small area lies Britain; under Prime Minister Davenport it is a country that has done monstrous things to preserve its resources, block its borders, and continue in some semblance of normalcy.

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Book Review: Red Snow by Will Dean

Journalist Tuva Moodyson has just two weeks left in the sleepy Swedish town of Gavrik. Soon she’ll be on a sleeper train to the south, to a new job and a fresh start. As she begins to pack up her life, a mysterious suicide and a horrific homicide occur within days of one another and plunge the town’s main employer, the family-owned liquorice factory, into the middle of a murder investigation. A local writer recruits Tuva to research the Grimberg liquorice dynasty amidst the police’s attempt to find what has become known as a the Ferryman killer. There are two bodies, and Tuva has just precious little time to figure out what the Grimbergs are hiding.

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