This is in many ways the kind of book I would never read: I don’t like books about war. But it also has something which appeals to me greatly: the perspective of a young woman making her way in the world, in love and life. She happens to be doing so during the Führer’s visit to Frankfurt in 1936. Swap out the war for alcoholism and Frankfurt for Pa...

About 50 pages into Lincoln in the Bardo something clicked, all the different voices came together along with the historical snippets and suddenly I couldn’t put this book down. I was waking up first thing to read it, seeking out seats on the train for extra reading time and trying to eat dinner one handed so I could continue.

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He wants the essentiality of winter, not this half-season grey selfsameness.

Ali Smith’s Winter, the second in her seasonal quarter, is as timely and topical as Autumn, which was billed as the first ‘Brexit’ novel. And again we see familiar snippets from the news appear: the vote is mentioned several times, as is a certain ridiculous president...

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