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If I Knew You Were Going to Be This Beautiful I Never Would Have Let You Go
Judy Chicurel
Review by Rebecca Foster
In Judy Chicurel’s nostalgic debut novel, a group of troubled Long Island teenagers navigate the sex and drug filled summer of 1972.
Aimless young people haunt Chicurel
The Book of Gold Leaves
Mirza Waheed
Review by Sally Hughes
The growing violence evident in the streets of Srinagar, Kashmir is in sharp counterpoint to the exquisite pastoral scenes that protagonist Faiz paints so delicately on papier-mâché pencil boxes.
Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology: Volume 7
Bristol Short Story Prize
Review by Adam Ley-Lange
Much more so than for a novel, reviewing an anthology of short stories is a lot like trying to review a buffet.
Cover Your Eyes
Adele Geras
Review by Sally Hughes
This is an intriguing story of guilt and responsibility.
I Refuse
Per Petterson
Review by Adam Ley-Lange
I Refuse is less a single story than a collection of broken narratives held lightly together by their relation to the two main characters, Jim and Tommy.
The Twilight Hour
Nicci Gerrard
Review by Megan Brown
In The Twilight Hour, Nicci Gerrard literalises the tidying and burying of memories and secrets into the physical process of clearing one’s possessions away.
Anthony Horowitz
Review by Sam Pope
Writing sequels and prequels to classics has become common nowadays, but the results are variable.

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