“Antigone Rising” by Helen Morales

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

I was really excited to read this book when I first heard about it. I am currently doing my Masters in Classical Studies and I teach it at High School level too so anything which prompts deeper thinking or poses interesting questions I am 100% here for.

The book is split into eight chapters covering topics ranging from violence against women, war, dieting and body image, gender fluidity and…Beyonce. So far, so interesting.

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“Red River Girl” by Joanna Jolly

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Thanks to Little Brown Book Group UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Unless you’ve had your head in the sand the past few years, you’ve probably heard about the rampant abuse and murder of indigenous Canadian women and girls, if you’re interested in true crime at least. Despite the media focus, it is clear that the violence persists, and this book focuses particularly on the death of one young girl, Tina Fontaine.   

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“Pine” by Francine Toon

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

Woohoo! A book set in the Highlands and not just anywhere – my neck of the woods!  Full disclosure, I grew up in pretty much the middle of nowhere. My school bus took over an hour just to get to school and not because of traffic, it was just that bloody far away. There were numerous times reading this book that I felt the narrator’s pain SO hard. As an adult I can look back on my childhood home and think it sounds lovely. As a child…not so much. 

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“The Tenth Muse” by Catherine Chung

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

This book made me feel interested in and enthused about Maths which is really saying a lot. I know a lot of people say they hate Maths but I don’t, I just really, really struggle to understand it. A friend of mine who is now a Professor of Mathematics once told me to think of it like a language. Little did he know that I am crap at languages too.

Anyway, this book is something rather special. I was worried that it was going to be one of those awfully clever books that makes me feel thick, but I was pleasantly surprised (and relieved!). 

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“Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line” by Deepa Anappara

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

If I think about my reading history, I’ve probably read more books set in India than any other country and I usually really enjoy Indian own voices books. When thinking about it a little more, I realise that very few have been from the point of view of a child so this was an interesting perspective.  

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