Julia Webb-Harvey

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September 2016

Book Review: Ghost Maven by Tony Lee Moral

Ghost Maven is a Young Adult novel that tells the story of Alice Parker, a 16 year-old girl who falls for a boy who no one can recall seeing. It is an unconventional love story, heavy in magical realism. Alice… Continue Reading →

Book Review: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

PenguinRandomHouse describe Eligible as a ‘modern retelling’ of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. This much is true. The plot flows in the same way, the character names are familiar, and the setting is undeniably contemporary. The effect is not the… Continue Reading →

Book Review: Mosquito, by Roma Tearne

Mosquito is a remarkable love story, set in Tearne’s native Sri Lanka. Theo Samarajeeva is a widower and¬†writer, returned to his home land to finish his latest work. He takes a neighbourhood girl under his wing, Nulani Mendis, who brings… Continue Reading →

Book Review: Ease, by Patrick Gale

According to the publisher’s information, Ease is “a novel about downsizing from a life of ease and upgrading to one of sleaze.” It is an attention grabbing description, but doesn’t do the story justice, and oversimplifies my experience of it…. Continue Reading →

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