Posted on 19th February 2013

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After My Own Heart

After My Own Heart, Sophia Blackwell’s debut novelis an engaging, witty, and uplifting read. The protagonist, Evie Day, is every inch the modern heroine: newly single, she boasts a complex love life, a housing problem, a selection of dodgy best friends and a career she doesn’t like.  The novel unfolds in the first person, opening with Evie…

Posted on 19th February 2013

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Killing Daniel

Killing Daniel, a debut novel by Sarah Dobbs, meditates on domestic cruelty in various forms without ever being mawkish. It is published by Unthank Books, a small independent based in Norwich. The book is not really about the eponymous Daniel at all. He is dead from the first page, having been lyrically, brutally murdered. The…

Posted on 19th November 2012

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Ours are the Streets

Sunjeev Sahota’s first novel, Ours are the Streets, is presented as the last testimony of Imtiaz Raina, a young British Muslim about to become a suicide bomber; it’s his attempt to explain himself to the people he loves. We follow Imtiaz from his time at university in Sheffield, where he falls in love with Becka,…