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STATION ELEVEN by Emily St.John Mandel (Picador Books, 2014)

Not for the first, or last, time I find myself at odds with the consensus. Most reviewers on Good Reads see fit to give it a five star rating to this novel and it has garnered widespread critical praise.

The blurb on the back cover is headed by a quote from George R.R. Martin who says it is “a book I will long remember”.

For my part, it’s a book I will easily forget despite the promising premise of  a civilization all but wiped out by a deadly strain of Georgian flu. Continue reading


THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH by Richard Flanagan (Chatto & Windus, 2014)

flanagan2Richard Flanagan’s brilliant Booker prize-winning novel is a big book in every sense.

On one level it is an account of the horrors surrounding the construction of the Burma railway line near the end of the second world war. At the same time, it documents an ill-fated romance between a successful surgeon, Dorrigo Evans, and his Uncle’s young wife, Amy. Yet to describe this book as a historical romance would be well wide of the mark.

The Tasmanian author spent 12 years working on a novel he was clearly born to write. It is dedicated to his father who died the day it was completed. Continue reading

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