Page 5 of our reviews

Atlantic Black by A.S. Patrić

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

When I finished reading Alec Patrić’s latest book, I was surprised to find myself in the same room as I was when I started reading. Surely something must have changed. I had been swept away on a jour…

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Reviewed by Amanda Rayner

‘Kedi’ is the Turkish word for cat and an ideal title for this documentary by director Ceyda Torun, which focuses on the cats of Istanbul. Thousands of cats roam the city streets; one of the strength…

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Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

I’m a known collector of fancy editions of timeless tales, and a sucker for all things mythological, so I was very excited to pick up Kevin Crossley-Holland’s illustrated Norse Myths: Tales of Odin,

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Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity by Sarah Suzuki

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

Yayoi Kusama is one of the most exciting artists working today. Once you have seen one of her dot paintings, books or installations, she is impossible to forget. This picture-book biography follows h…

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The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

The Librarian of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Dita Kraus, a 14-year-old girl imprisoned, together with her mother and father, in the family camp at Auschwitz. The family camp was an experi…

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This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Reviewed by Kate O'Mara

You may at first think, on picking this book up, that you’ve already read a lot like this. From the post-apocalyptic wasteland blighted by plague to the preternaturally capable young hacker prodigy C…

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Have Sword, Will Travel by Garth Nix & Sean Williams

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

Have Sword Will Travel is a hilarious and exciting adventure set in a fantastical ‘medieval like’ time where gender equality is the norm – ‘brave knight’ is a job description for anyone capable, whet…

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Winter by Ali Smith

Reviewed by Marie Matteson

For around 20 years, Ali Smith has had a quartet of novels, named simply after the seasons, in the back of her head. Winter is the second of these novels. The first, Autumn, was shortlisted for this …

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The Future is History by Masha Gessen

Reviewed by Kara Nicholson

As I read the final chapters of Masha Gessen’s latest book on Russian politics, it is reported that hundreds of protesters have been arrested in cities across Russia. Putin’s number-one political opp…

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The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

Reviewed by George Delaney

I was reluctant to make a start on this diary because I suspected it might, in the spirit of its ur-text, Black Books, engender short-tempered job dissatisfaction and make me feel like I was repeatin…

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