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In My Good Books: ‘The Heart’s Invisible Furies’ by John Boyne

The Heart’s Invisible Furies is a captivating novel which immerses the reader into the judgemental Catholic society of Ireland in the 20th century. This novel is certainly one of my top reads of 2018. It follows the life of Cyril Avery as he combats societal prejudice, the law and ostracization. Boyne’s novel is at times tear-jerking, as it explores Ireland’s dismissal and degradation of gay men, however the novel is equally comical as Boyne creates caricatures of strict Catholics and mocks the hypocrisy of politicians. Fundamentally, The Heart’s Invisible Furies captures the life of a young man as he searches for acceptance and love in the midst of societal disapproval and abuse.

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Best Books to Give this Christmas

Everyone knows a book lover, and while at first you might think “That’s ideal: I can just get them a book for Christmas!” you quickly realise that there’s far, far too much choice for what to buy. With new releases advertised left right and centre, and festive favourites rolled out and put back on display, it can get a bit overwhelming. That said, here’s a … Continue reading Best Books to Give this Christmas

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In My Good Books: ‘The Children Act’ by Ian McEwan

As an avid Ian McEwan fan, I was keen to read The Children Act, published in 2014, and it is safe to say that this novel did not disappoint. What I find most striking about McEwan’s novels is that each of his books is utterly unique. Atonement explores love, war and innocence, The Child In Time describes a man’s emotional and psychological turmoil following the … Continue reading In My Good Books: ‘The Children Act’ by Ian McEwan

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In My Good Books: ‘The Pursuit of Love’ by Nancy Mitford

Originally published in 1945, The Pursuit of Love is a tale of domesticity. This novel follows the protagonist’s quest for a husband and, preferably, love. Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love offers a light-hearted romance with under-pinning tragic elements, as the characters navigate their complex social obligations. The heroine of the novel (Linda Radlett) is an outspoken and strong-willed character, who is simultaneously endearing and exasperating … Continue reading In My Good Books: ‘The Pursuit of Love’ by Nancy Mitford

In My Good Books: ‘From The Heart’ by Susan Hill

From the Heart follows protagonist, Olive, as she navigates the complex social world of the 1950s. From the author of The Woman in Black, Hill presents a novel that is less haunting, but equally as powerful. From the Heart was published in 2017, making the exploration of coming of age, motherhood and sexuality as pertinent for the reader of 2018, despite the 1950s setting. Quaint friendship … Continue reading In My Good Books: ‘From The Heart’ by Susan Hill

Review: ‘Slip of a Fish’

Amy Arnold is a former Exeter student who graduated in 1986. Slip of a Fish is her debut novel and has been awarded the Northern Book Prize for 2018. RAZZ was lucky enough to have the opportunity to have a sneak peak, prior to its publication on 1st November.

 Slip of a Fish by Amy Arnold is a novel that confronts the mother-daughter relationship in a unique style, that makes it as much about the way that it is written as the story itself. Through Arnold’s narrative style, readers view a common type of relationship in an uncommon way, fully immersing ourselves in the mind of the protagonist, Ash. Continue reading Review: ‘Slip of a Fish’