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The Zipper Club by Thomas Mannella
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Those who do not have to live with an incurable and potentially life-threatening illness, day in day out, from an early age, may not realise what an enormous burden it is, and Mannella's book is a compelling, lyrical and highly readable account of fe ...more
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Two Syllable Men by John  McCaffrey
Two Syllable Men
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In this line-up of twelve short stories, John McCaffrey delves deep into the inner psyche of a dozen very different city-dwelling men. He examines how their thwarted needs and yearnings have generated eccentric and often self-
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Actress by Keith Dixon
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by Keith Dixon (Goodreads Author)
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Although I've not yet read any of Keith Dixon's other novels, I knew that he was an established and successful crime writer, so was surprised to be sent one of his novels to review as a work of literary fiction in which crime is not a key element.

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The Host in the Attic by Rohan Quine
The Host in the Attic
by Rohan Quine (Goodreads Author)
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Rohan Quine is a champion of literary fiction, speaking and writing passionately and eloquently about its importance in an age dominated by more commercial fiction. As far as I'm aware, he's not yet published vignettes, but his meticulously phrased l ...more
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The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley
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Andrew Michael Hurley's debut novel, The Loney, came recommended to me by a friend as the book that everyone in the trade was talking about - a winner of many book awards, including The Book Industry Awards 2016 Book of the Year. Though I'm usually s ...more
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Postcards from Here by Penny Guisinger
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Reviewed by Debbie Young

Penny Guisinger's Postcards from Here was a deserving Semi-Finalist for the 2015 Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award, and it was a pleasure to read it for this review. (Note: I play no part in the judging of the award, so I
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A Stranger in a Strange Land by Judy Croome
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Usually when I’m offered a single-author collection of poetry to read and review, I expect a very slim volume, high on production values but low on words, and I’m fine with that. Like smoked salmon, poetry is best devoured in delicate slivers rather ...more
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Of Sun and Sand by A.J. Huffman
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The simple title and cover of this anthology, co-edited by Vine Leaves contributor A J Huffman, belie the complexity and subtlety of what’s inside: a glorious kaleidoscope of evocations of what the beach means to a large group of poets and prose auth ...more
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The Butterfly's Choice by Joanna Kurowska
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Review by Natasha Persaud

Joanne Kurowska, author of The Butterfly’s Choice, creates images that stir the imagination to question the world around us. While I find poetry sometimes hard to connect with as it reads and speaks differently to each reader
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