“Just Enough” by Flavia Biondi

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Thanks to Europe Comics and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. 

I haven’t read a graphic novel for ages, but this sounded intriguing. This modern slice of life story follows Manuel and Mia, a young Italian couple living in Bologna and charts the ups and downs of being in a long-term relationship. 

Initially I didn’t completely love the art style, but it grew on me as I progressed through the story. The art fits the dynamic of the story really well and is quietly understated, as the story itself is.   

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“Commodus” by Simon Turney

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Thanks to Orion and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. 

It’s not very often that a Classics themed book appears on NetGalley but when they do, I hit that Request button with the power of a thousand fiery suns. I wasn’t familiar with Turney as a writer before reading this novel, but I’ve added Caligula to my Audible wish list on the strength of this novel. 

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“10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World” by Elif Shafak

Thanks to Penguin Books UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is a book of two parts. In Part 1, Tequila Leila, a Turkish prostitute has been murdered and thrown into a dumpster. It takes 10 minutes and 38 seconds for the last remnants of her consciousness to fade away. In this short amount of time, she reflects upon her time on this earth and those she shared her life with.

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“Superior” by Angela Saini

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Thanks to HarperCollins UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Superior is an especially topical book considering the current political climate in the West. Through the election of Trump, the emergence of the alt-right, increasing nationalism and Brexit we are seeing a resurgence in discourse around race science. In this book Saini explores the past and current context of race science and dismantles some of the myths and assumptions that surround the issue of biological race and the problem of setting the benchmark of measuring humanity against white westerners.  

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“Critical” by Dr Matt Morgan

Thanks to Simon and Schuster UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book is a fascinating insight into the daily life of an Intensive Care Doctor. The ups and downs, the hope and tragedy are all captured here.

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