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SNOW by John Banville

John Banville is a critically acclaimed author. His literary novels have won the Man Booker Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Franz Kafka Prize and the Austrian State Prize for European Literature. Under the … Continue reading

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THE SEARCHING DEAD by Ramsey Campbell

The Searching Dead is published by Flame Tree Press (following its original publication several years ago in a limited edition by PS Publishing) and is the first part of Ramsey Campbell’s Daoloth trilogy, to be followed by Born to the … Continue reading

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LONDON GOTHIC by Nicholas Royle

London Gothic is Nicholas Royle’s fourth collection of short stories, published by Confingo Publishing. It contains 15 stories, covering a period between 2000 – 2020, and includes seven original tales. I first came across the fiction of Nicholas Royle in … Continue reading

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HE by John Connolly

He is a fictionalised account of the life and and work of Stan Laurel, the creative half of the world-famous comedy duo Laurel & Hardy. It’s written in a very distinctive style, which does take some getting used to. However … Continue reading

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FIRST PERSON by Richard Flanagan

When a struggling writer is contacted by notorious conman Siegfried Heidl and offered £10,000 to ghost-write his memoirs in just 6 weeks, it’s too much to turn down. Despite the man’s reputation, despite his odd behaviour and his uncertain character, … Continue reading

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WYRD AND OTHER DERELICTIONS by Adam Nevill

Adam Nevill is one of the key figures in contemporary British horror, but to label him as just a horror writer is to do him a disservice. He’s simply a great writer, with the rare ability to be equally adept … Continue reading

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DAVID BOWIE : A LIFE by Dylan Jones

The best kind of biographies (and autobiographies) offer a personal insight into the career of a particular individual and allow us to embark on their journey through life with them. They give intimate details about that person, allowing us to … Continue reading

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MR GODLEY’S PHANTOM by Mal Peet

Martin Heath returns from World War II a broken man, psychologically damaged by the wartime horrors he experienced fighting in Europe. After struggling to return to his old life, he is offered the opportunity of a new start as chauffeur … Continue reading

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WAKENHYRST by Michelle Paver

Wake’s End is a rambling manor house located in the depths of the Suffolk Fens. The year is 1906, and young Maud Stearn is trying to find her way in a household ruled by her puritanical and disciplinarian father, Edmund, … Continue reading

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A PLACE OF EXECUTION by Val McDermid

When 13 year old Alison Carter vanishes in the winter of 1963, the impact is felt keenly on the inhabitants of Scardale, the Peak District farming hamlet in which she lived. Derbyshire police investigator George Bennett, taking on his first … Continue reading

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