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Category: 5 Star

5 Star, Non-Fiction

21st Century Dodos

Hands up if you remember cap guns, cigarette candy and the screech of a tape loading to play your favourite pixellated computer game? If so, you’ll find this book a nostalgic, fuzzy-feeling and amusing trip down memory lane. If you follow @meandmybigmouth on Twitter, then…

5 Star, General Fiction, Literary

Ragnarök

Ragnarök is the latest edition to Canongate’s excellent Myths series, all standalone novels by a variety of the world’s finest writers. Written by A.S. Byatt of The Children’s Book fame, it tells the Nordic story of the Judgement of the Gods or the end of…

5 Star, Translation

Breaking Away

First published in French as L’Échappée belle, Anna Gavalda’s Breaking Away is indeed a beautiful escape. Short, yet prefectly formed, it’s more of a novella at 142 pages of charming prose translated into English by Alison Anderson. I hadn’t even sat down yet, one buttock…

5 Star, Young Adult

A Monster Calls

Get the hankies ready because A Monster Calls is a powerfully emotional read. It intelligently deals with grief in a way that will appeal to adults and children alike and I would hope it has the power to help children in a similar situation to…

5 Star, Science Fiction

Feed

At first, Mira Grant’s zombie novel might seem an ironic choice for my Royal Wedding day reading, however it ended up somehow completely relevant. Not that Will and Kate’s big day was interrupted by the flesh-eating undead, more that if you’d popped onto Twitter this…