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The problem with writing a novel as distinctive and startling as I’m Thinking of Ending Things is that readers will be expecting to be similarly wrongfooted by anything else you write. So it is with Iain Reid's Foe, which suffers from being the sam ...more
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The Other Place and Other Stories by J.B. Priestley
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Seaside Special by Jenn Ashworth
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The short story anthologies I read are almost always made up of ghost stories or weird fiction. In fact, it's entirely possible I have never read a short story anthology that didn't have a horror/ghost story/uncanny theme, until this one.

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Sadie is 19 and struggling to come to terms with the death of her 13-year-old sister, Mattie, eight months ago. Mattie's body was found in the ruins of a burnt-out building; her death wasn't an accident, but the murderer hasn't been identified. The g ...more
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Perfidious Albion by Sam Byers
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Sam Byers' sophomore novel (following the underrated Idiopathy) is that rare thing – a timely satire that is genuinely smart and genuinely funny. Unfortunately every attempt I make at describing it makes it sound awful (at one point I wrote down 'Adr ...more
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Living Together by Matt Thomas
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Nightjar Press stories tend to come in pairs and, like Florence Sunnen's The Hook, Matt Thomas's Living Together is about family. The narrator's sister needs someone to help care for her son Thomas, who has been left with extensive scarring after tre ...more
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The Hook by Florence Sunnen
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In Florence Sunnen's macabre tale, family expectations take on strange new dimensions: the narrator's workaholic parents are disappointed in her for not having a 'project' – even though her brother's project is, well... eating his own body. Set over ...more
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Gary Budden's work combines weird fiction, landscape writing, psychogeography and politics. The author calls it 'landscape punk' – an approach that embraces reverence of the British landscape, but rejects the conservatism often implicitly present in ...more
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Everything Under by Daisy Johnson
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Everything Under is about just that: the things that lurk beneath the surface, of a river, of a memory, of a person. It is a slow unspooling of a horrifying and tragic story, a queer, found-family (sort-of) reimagining of a myth – I'd best not say wh ...more
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The Third Hotel by Laura van den Berg
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The Third Hotel is such a complex and meaningful novel, so deceptively smooth yet so loaded with significance. It's almost too big for me to sum up without spinning into endless ruminations. It's about tourism, grief, and misogyny in the arts. It is ...more
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Aristotle
“Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god.”
Aristotle

James Baldwin
“People don't have any mercy. They tear you limb from limb, in the name of love. Then, when you're dead, when they've killed you by what they made you go through, they say you didn't have any character. They weep big, bitter tears - not for you. For themselves, because they've lost their toy.”
James Baldwin, Another Country

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“An anxiety with no object or purpose in the present, and in the future nothing but endless sacrifice, by means of which he would attain nothing - that was what his days on earth held in store for him... What good was life to him? What prospects did he have? What did he have to strive for? Was he to live merely in order to exist? But a thousand times before he had been ready to give up his existence for an idea, for a hope, even for an imagining. Existence on its own had never been enough for him; he had always wanted more than that. Perhaps it was merely the strength of his own desires that made him believe he was a person to whom more was allowed than others.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

Richard  Adams
“All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you, digger, listener, runner, prince with the swift warning. Be cunning and full of tricks and your people shall never be destroyed.”
Richard Adams, Watership Down

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

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