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April Reads


Here are some of the books members of MIROnline team have enjoyed over the past month. We hope you love them every bit as much. James

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

"I've enjoyed Gaiman's book of short stories because it always feels like he's dancing on the line between reality and other worlds in his writing, creating a sense of place that is both contemporary and relatable but also other-worldly. Particularly interesting in this book is the preface where he comments on his ideas and inspiration behind each story." - Katherine Vik

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

"Saunders writes like no one else and his first novel lives up to the hype. Beautifully strange, funny while sad, I loved every sentence in this book." - Louise Hare

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford

"A picaresque romp which is set in 18th century New York and echoes Fielding and Defoe. The depth of historical research is worn lightly and the authentic, rich and vivid language makes this a joy to read. Many of the characters are comic masterpieces and there is intrigue and mishaps galore, including a great fight scene leading to a chase through the streets ending on the rooftop!" - Elinor Johns

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford

The Song of Lunch by Christopher Reid

"Anyone old enough to suffer pangs of nostalgia for 20th century London when they stroll the streets and squares of Bloomsbury and Soho will love Christopher Reid's 2010 narrative poem The Song of Lunch. The heady joys and disappointments of lunch with an old flame, told wistfully, wittily in jaunty half-rhyme should be read again and again and then enjoyed on DVD with Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson." - Stella Klein

The Song of Lunch by Christopher Reid

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick Dewitt

"The brilliance of this Man Booker shortlisted 'cowboy noir' is in the voice. Dewitt brings his protagonists, the darkly loveable characters of Eli and Charlie Sisters, to life in such a vivid way that by the end of the novel you are sad to say goodbye." - Peter Coles

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick Dewitt

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

"The thirteen short stories work individually but together they combine to create a resonant portrait of a woman and the New England community where she lives. I loved the spareness of My Name is Lucy Barton but this is more nourishing fare." - James Kennedy

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Speak Gigantular by Irenosen Okojie

"Okojie's short story collection is definitely one for lovers of magic realism. I enjoyed the originality of the collection, and my favourites were those stories which had a fairytale feel to them." - Louise Hare

Speak Gigantular by Irenosen Okojie

The End We Start From by Megan Hunter

"Out on May 18th (I read a proof copy). Made up of fractured, poetic prose, it charts the journey of a new mother and her baby when their London flat is flooded. I devoured it in two sittings." - Kate Ellis

The End We Start From by Megan Hunter