Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On is sooo good. I absolutely loved Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – the story of Simon Snow fangirl Cath who spends her spare time writing Simon/Baz fanfiction. Simon and Baz are of course transparent stand-ins for Harry and Draco of Potter fame, but Carry On itself is far more than an ode to Harry […]

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Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

In my September review of The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, I concluded by saying: “If I read a better crime novel this year, I’d be very surprised.” Well, colour me surprised. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz is such gloriously good fun. The only Horowitz I’ve read previously was the Alex Rider series as […]

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My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal

I think My Name is Leon would have resonated more deeply had I not recently read the magnificent What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor. The two books share similar themes – young boys from dislocated families, struggling to make sense of their worlds. It’s not that one is better than the other, but I think […]

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