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To the Bright Edge of the WorldThis follow-up to The Snow Child explores the boundary between the human and natural world with compelling results

The Guardian, Geraldine Brooks

 

Eowyn Ivey is a deft craftswoman, attentive to the shape and heft of her sentences. Like the couple in her first novel, The Snow Child, who build an icy model of a little girl that magically transforms into a living child, Ivey fashions characters who come to warm and vivid life against her frozen Alaskan landscapes.

Her second novel, To the Bright Edge of the World, is again set in Alaska but in 1885, a few decades earlier than the previous book: this is an era of explorers and prospectors rather than hardscrabble homesteaders. Through journal entries, military reports, letters and documents, Ivey lays down her story in shards, requiring the reader to piece together the final narrative.

 

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Bad SoldierWar-torn writer: ex-SAS soldier turned author Chris Ryan on his new book

The Irish News, Hannah Stephenson

 

Geordie ex-SAS soldier Chris Ryan has spent much of his career in the thick of war zones and life-threatening situations – but these days, he'd much rather be writing fiction.

Ryan was famously the only member of the eight-man SAS mission Bravo Two Zero to escape from Iraq in 1991 – four of his patrol were captured, three died – as described in his bestseller The One That Got Away, which was adapted for screen.

He has since written 22 novels, three non-fiction books and has now moved to Florida.

 

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Rules Do Not Apply The Rules Do Not Apply

It's a Book thing Blog, Kelly Ansara

 

There are a bucket load of epic autobiographies that aren’t really seen as ‘epic’. A trend started at the pen of Lena Dunham, Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling – women we see, women we love. If you haven’t heard of Ariel Levy, and don’t worry I’ll give you this one because I hadn’t either, you will now. For this woman will turn your heart to soft gooey custard and then man-it-up in mere pages.


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Michaela DePrince: ‘There are practically no black dancers in ballet, so I need to speak out’

 

Michaela DePrince was born in Sierra Leone in 1995 during the civil war. At age three, she lost both her parents and was sent to an orphanage where she was mistreated by staff who believed she was the “devil’s child” due to her pigmented skin (caused by vitiligo). She and her best friend were adopted by an American couple when they were four. In 2011 DePrince starred in the ballet documentary First Position, and she is now a professional ballerina with the Dutch National Ballet. She has just published her memoir.

 

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Rupi Kaur BookRupi Kaur reveals the cover and title of her new book

 

the sun and her flowers is the second collection of poetry and illustrations by Kaur, whose first collection, milk and honey, was a #1 New York Times and international bestseller and has sold nearly 2 million copies worldwide.

 

the Boy on the BridgeThe Boy on The bridge Review

RT Book Reviews


Readers of Carey’s The Girl With All the Gifts will know something about where this novel is going as soon as the Rosalind Franklin is introduced. He certainly has done an excellent job with having the two books intersect in fascinating ways, but this novel is self-contained enough that it makes for a gripping narrative on its own. As with the first half of the story, this volume excels at getting inside the head of multiple characters while presenting a believably harrowing account of a post-human world of constant danger and raising the stakes until something has to break. If all zombie (and zombie-type) novels were this thoughtful and compelling, the genre wouldn’t feel as tired as it often can in lesser hands.

 

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the essex serpentThe Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry - book review: A thing of beauty inside and out

The Independent UK, Lucy Scholes

 

Sarah Perry’s new novel The Essex Serpent is a thing of beauty inside and out. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned a book’s cover in a review before, but Peter Dyer’s William Morris-inspired design is stunning, a tantalizing taste of the equally sumptuous prose that lies within.

Set at the very end of the nineteenth century, the Essex marshes become Perry’s Dover Beach, the setting for a three-way clash between science, religion and superstition, three serpents entwined: the snake of Asclepius coiling round its staff, that from the Garden of Eden, and a mythical terrible beast, “a monstrous serpent with eyes like a sheep, come out of the Essex waters and up to the birch woods and commons,” claiming human and animal lives alike.

 

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9780008184902The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu by Charlie English review – how precious manuscripts were saved

The Guardian

 

In April 2012, the jihadist army of the Saharan branch of al-Qaida drove a fleet of their armoured pick-up trucks into the centre of the ancient caravan town of Timbuktu in northern Mali. As black flags were hoisted atop the minarets, and as trapped and terrified government conscripts scrambled out of their uniforms, the jihadists began imposing their own puritanical interpretation of sharia law. Music was forbidden, modest clothing was forced on the women, stoning was imposed as a punishment for adultery and a war declared on “unIslamic superstition”.

 

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the blood miracles

The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney - review

Evening Standard, Arifa Akbar

 

That book was one of 2016’s literary sensations, winning effusive critical acclaim and a clutch of awards. Ireland had apparently found its Irvine Welsh in McInerney, who gave graphic life to the dark side of County Cork. 

How does a novelist follow that rock ’n’ roll success? With more of the same, it turns out. The Blood Miracles features Cusack a few years on, now aged 20, getting further embroiled with mobsters. The first 20 pages recap the plot of the last book and beyond that we find the same characters still up to no good. 

 

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Burial HourThe Burial Hour Proves Once Again Jeffery Deaver Is a Brilliantly Intricate Novelist

HuffingtonPost, Jackie K Cooper

 

The Burial Hour is lucky number thirteen in the Lincoln Rhyme/Amelia Sachs series by Jeffery Deaver. Once again the wheelchair bound forensics expert and his chief investigator are called on to solve a mystery. This one starts out in New York but continues in Italy, and Rhyme/Sachs are hot on the trail. Readers will once again be exposed to the intricacies of crime solving as written by the brilliant Mr. Deaver.

 

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Almost Human

Secrets of the rising star cave

 

According to the long-awaited carbon-dating results, our primitive human ancestor is in fact millions of years younger than initially thought – a discovery that could rewrite the history of Africa, and humanity.

Berger this week explained: “Until recently, every scientist who would have [examined] the Homo naledi remains that we announced in 2015 would have said that they [were] millions of years old. Maybe 2 million, maybe 2.5 million, based on their primitive anatomy. But they are in fact 10 times younger than that, emerging some time between 335 000 and 236 000 years ago.”

 

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No Longer Whispering to Power

In the news

A new book about former public protector Thuli Madonsela reflects on what has shaped her life, impact and influences.

Thandeka Gqubule wrote No Longer Whispering to Power: The Story of Thuli Madonsela and says the book is an effort to walk in Madonsela's shoes.

Gqubule explores Madonsela's influential tenure and the her ability to stick to her path.

She says the human rights lawyer has a profound understanding of the philosophy of the Constitution.

Listen more on 702

 

In No Longer Whispering to Power, journalist and author Thandeka Gqubule gives us keen insight into South Africa’s most beloved public protector, Thuli Madonsela.

It’s not every day that you get to meet a journalist and author whose own qualities remind me of the very woman she’s chosen to write about.

Read more on W24

 

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This spectacular puzzle is made up of over 3 000 dots feature the most famous landmarks and wildlife of South Africa, including the Pretoria Union Buildings, the skylines of Cape Town and Johannesburg, and the Soweto Towers.

 

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When you are finished, the pages detach easily so you can display your panorama and enjoy your handiwork to the full.

 

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WORLD WORST CHILDREN 2 HarperCollins Children's Books Announces May Publication of The World's Worst Children 2

 

Britain's Bestselling Storyteller pens another unique collection of cautionery tales.

 

HarperCollins Children’s Books is thrilled to announce the publication of David Walliams’, The World Worst Children 2. With illustrations in glorious colour by Tony Ross, it will publish on 25th May 2017.

Behold The DreamersCongratulations to Imbolo Mbue, winner of the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her novel Behold the Dreamers

 

Imbolo Mbue’s debut novel, Behold the Dreamers, covers the struggle of immigrants longing to become American citizens, the stark divide between rich and poor, and the global financial crisis following the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

 

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Patricia Scanlan: 'Gardens are where my imagination has run rampant'

Independent.ie

 

I've never focused on how significant gardens have been in my creative life - although acknowledging how important they are to me in life as a whole - until I sat down to write this piece.

Looking back, gardens have been the place where my imagination has run rampant, beginning with our childhood garden where four brothers, one sister and I spent hours creating magical worlds and great adventures that - much to my mother's relief - kept us occupied and entertained.

 

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Bone Box

The Bone Box Is Another Addictive Thriller By Faye Kellerman

Huffington Post, Jackie K Cooper

 

The Bone Box is the twenty fourth novel in Faye Kellerman’s Rina Lazarus and Peter Decker series. I don’t know that I have read all of them but I definitely have read most of them, and they are all good. The Bone Box is one of her best. This series focus on Police Detective Decker and his wife Rina. Kellerman always creates a crime to solve but she always makes time to describe the married life of these two very likable people. One important fact is Rina is a strict follower of her Jewish faith and Peter has rediscovered his Jewish roots.

 

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