“The Island of Missing Trees” by Elif Shafak: Intergenerational trauma and healing through writing
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“The Island of Missing Trees” by Elif Shafak: Intergenerational trauma and healing through writing


Shafak’s novel has a simple premise, love. And it might seem like a cliche, but it just works for this beautiful story. Defne, a Turkish woman, and Kostas, a Greek man, fall in love at the peak of the conflict in Cyrpus in 1974. Their love is helped along by a beautiful mixed Turkish and Greek couple Yusuf and Yiorgos and a little tavern called “The Happy Fig”. Continue reading

Four Shakespearean-Era Tributes Hidden in Maggie O’Farrell’s Award Winning “Hamnet”
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Four Shakespearean-Era Tributes Hidden in Maggie O’Farrell’s Award Winning “Hamnet”


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. Maggie O’Farrell won the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2020 for Hamnet and if you have read her novel, it is easy to see why. It is not easy to take on … Continue reading

"Paris Savages" Review: how do we write about uncomfortable history?
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"Paris Savages" Review: how do we write about uncomfortable history?


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. I picked up a copy of Paris Savages when I was in Hobart, Tasmania this February. Thinking about how easy it was to fly there and how care-free we were is a … Continue reading

“The Boys Who Woke Up Early”: a reminder of America’s complicated past and present
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“The Boys Who Woke Up Early”: a reminder of America’s complicated past and present


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. When I read books, sometimes I know exactly what I want to highlight in my review and other times, ideas and themes from the novel need time to grow and develop in … Continue reading

Goodreads Winners Are In: Who were my favourites for 2018?
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Goodreads Winners Are In: Who were my favourites for 2018?


The wait is over! Goodreads has announced its winners for 2018, which also marks the ten-year anniversary of the book awards. Readers get the chance to vote for their favourite books based on different popular categories like fiction, sci-fi, and Romance. It is basically the Oscars for books. This year, Goodreads recorded over five million … Continue reading

Yaa Gyasi in Zurich and a Review of “Homegoing”
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Yaa Gyasi in Zurich and a Review of “Homegoing”


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. Anyone who lives abroad knows how hard it can be to engage with literature from your mother tongue. For me, living in Switzerland means that German is a regular part of my … Continue reading

A review of Rosie Garland’s “Vixen”: what happens when we don’t check our beliefs
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A review of Rosie Garland’s “Vixen”: what happens when we don’t check our beliefs


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. I read this book on my flight from Switzerland to Australia. Usually long haul flights tend to soften the sparkle of most reading experiences, in fact one could argue that they soften … Continue reading