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The best books of 2018 so far…

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The best books of 2018 so far…

Best Books of 2018 so far Halfway through 2018, here are the bestselling books of the year so far. Some will make you laugh, others cry and some simply change the way you view the world forever. All phenomenally great literary reads, these most certainly are the most deserving of the best books of the year so far. Any others that should be here? Feel free to comment below. Best Literature and Fiction Books of 2018 so far… 1. Circe by Madeline Miller Circe by Madeline Miller Poetic fiction based on the fascinating story of the peculiar daughter of the sun god, Helios....

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Weekend Reads — 29 June to 6 July 2018

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Weekend Reads — 29 June to 6 July 2018

A delicious selection of book reads for the weekend, especially if you are going to make it a long one with the 4th of July holiday. Enjoy! 1. “All-American Murder: The Rise and Fall of Aaron Hernandez, the Superstar Whose Life Ended on Murderers’ Row” by James Patterson and Alex Abramovich is actually a piece of non-fiction about the young and exceptionally gifted NFL player who murdered his fiancee’s sister’s partner. After being convicted and on a life sentence in prison he committed suicide at the age of 27. Based on court testimony, legal documents and reporting from various key...

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Literature’s 13 most unusual books

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Literature’s 13 most unusual books

In general, well-known works of fiction compel us to celebrate the creativity of the writer. The books listed here however take creativity to a whole new level, particularly Henry Darger’s eccentric manuscript on the Vivian Girls beautifully analysed and explained in John M Macgregor’s Henry Darger: In the Realms of the Unreal (only a genius or otherwise truly bizarre mind can drum up the content he crafted over decades), Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore with its stupendous world of talking cats, spirits that make love or kill and oedipal fantasies, Margaret Atwood’s disturbing dystopia, Oryx and Crake and Catherine Dunn’s fascinatingly odd Geek Love. Nonetheless these highly imaginative and unique yet strange works...

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There's a book for that!

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There's a book for that!

Throughout my 35 years’ of life, I have always relied on a book for some friendly comfort and non-judgemental advice. I can remember from my toddler years, I’d never leave a book store without throwing a tantrum — my parents had to buy me a brand new book to take home and discover. I would read at every opportunity — at my nan’s home, in the car, on restaurant tables or out in the garden in our family home in Nairobi. My passion for reading and my love of books sprouted a real interest in the personal development space (including psychodynamic psychotherapy, counselling and...

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