Hilary Simmons

Hilary Simmons is a former Readings bookseller

Review — 29 Jan 2019

Call Me Evie by J.P. Pomare

Novels with fragmented narratives are not for everyone – but with the rise of psychological thrillers such as Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, they’re becoming increasingly…

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Review — 26 Jun 2017

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

From the second Frances walks into Melissa’s and Nick’s house, she notices signs of wealth, from a dark wooden bowl filled with ripe fruit to a Modigliani print hanging over…

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Review — 26 Mar 2018

The Fortress by S.A. Jones

The Fortress has a fascinating premise. Alongside a world that appears the same as our own, there exists an all-female civilisation. Its native women are called the Vaik. They are…

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Review — 26 Apr 2017

Based on a True Story by Delphine de Vigan

Already a runaway bestseller in its native France, Based on a True Story is unlike anything else you are likely to read this year. A taut, ferocious psychological thriller, it…

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Review — 20 Aug 2017

How to Fall in Love with Anyone by Mandy Len Catron

A couple of years ago, an essay was published in the New York Times under the undeniably compelling headline, ‘To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This’. It outlined 36…

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Review — 24 Jul 2017

The Party by Elizabeth Day

Usually when you read a book, you make up your mind about the main character fairly quickly, or at least about whether they’re basically good or bad. But that’s not…

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Review — 29 May 2017

The Gulf by Anna Spargo-Ryan

This is a book that tears your heart out. At times you may even stop reading, and flinch, as if the words on the page could physically hurt you. Yet…

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Review — 25 Jul 2016

Rebellious Daughters edited by Maria Katsonis and Lee Kofman

I firmly believe that short story collections are not meant to be read from front cover to back cover – they’re meant to be dipped in and out of at…

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Review — 29 Feb 2016

The Long Run by Catriona Menzies-Pike

Catriona Menzies-Pike came late to running. Until she turned 30, she was known to friends and family as the person ‘least likely to run around the block’; a gin-addled bookworm…

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