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Strange, Seductive and Powerfully Sensual: Deborah Levy’s “Hot Milk”

Oh my gosh what an exciting novel Hot Milk is. I was a bit worried by the title that I was about to read some sort of weird MILF erotica. Just to be clear, it isn’t MILF erotica (or any … Continue reading

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The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood, read by Alisa Piper

What have you done Charlotte Wood? You have made Golding’s Lord of the Flies for this century and you have made it so very thrilling and real. Verla wakes from a drugged sleep. She doesn’t know where she is, nor why she’s … Continue reading

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Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta (narrated by Robin Miles)

In 2014 the President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan signed into law an act making homosexuality punishable by 14 years in prison. In Nigeria’s north, homosexuality is punishable by death by stoning. Under the Udala Trees confronts the issues of being a lesbian … Continue reading

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A Girl is a Half Formed Thing, by Eimear McBride (narrated by the author)

I’ve never read anything like this book. Starting this novel is like diving into unexpectedly cold water – it snaps you wide awake: For you. You’ll soon. You’ll give her name. In the stitches of her skin she’ll wear your … Continue reading

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The Story of My Teeth, by Valeria Luiselli

Translated by Christina MacSweeney, narrated by Armando Durán and Thom Rivera. “…the world of the mind is based on a compromise with logic.” (Vladimir Nabokov, Pnin) Absurd and thoroughly enchanting, the story and Luiselli’s writing are magical. It’s rare I feel bereft on … Continue reading

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The Story of the Lost Child, by Elena Ferrante

Translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein, narrated by Hillary Huber. “I’m a scribble on a scribble, completely unsuitable for one of your books…one doesn’t tell the story of an erasure.” Lila has disappeared and has destroyed as much evidence of … Continue reading

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The Green Road, by Anne Enright (read by Alana Kerr, Lloyd Jones and Gerard Doyle)

To say this book is a tragicomic Irish family saga boxes it all a bit too neatly and doesn’t remotely do justice to the book or the author. Rosaleen, the Madigan matriarch, asks her four children to come home for … Continue reading

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The Days of Abandonment, by Elena Ferrante (read by Hillary Huber)

Translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein, narrated by Hillary Huber. Ferrante is touted as one of Italy’s finest writers and her talent is again apparent here. In The Days Of Abandonment, Ferrante presents the uncontained grief of 38 year … Continue reading

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The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

Translated by Ann Goldstein, narrated by Hillary Huber. There has been a lot of hype surrounding Ferrante’s books since being translated into English and it is extremely well deserved. I was actually a little intimidated writing a review for this audiobook because … Continue reading

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Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, by Elena Ferrante

Translated by Ann Goldstein, narrated by Hillary Huber. Hillary Huber’s performance captivated me immediately. She is Elena Greco, the book’s main character and narrator. I’ve not come across her as a reader before but she conveys expertly the complex emotion and … Continue reading

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