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Girl-Woman-Other

Adults’ Read

Girl, Woman, Other Bernardine Evaristo

Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years.

Amma is one character from a group of twelve women. The novel follows this group of women and their everyday problems, prejudices, challenges and insecurities. The women come from all different walks of life, countries and cultures, even generations, and yet they all are connected to the central narrative; the narrative hops all over the place from character to character, back and forth in time and again perspective. The story revolves around these characters, their lives, their desires, fears. It is a delight to be reading one character’s narrative line, and then find the connections to the other characters lines. They may be parents, siblings, friends, the connections are everywhere.

Conventional punctuation is abandoned creating a fresh, fragmented narrative; the approach is fluid, compelling, punchy. Reading the first couple of pages is unfamiliar with the comfort of full stops and apostrophes but this is soon forgotten as you become engrossed in the stories ahead.

A novel teeming with life and crackling with energy.

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Young Adults’ Read

The Inheritance Cycle Christopher Paolini

The Inheritance Cycle pulls you into a fantasy world full of dragons, elves, dwarves and magic and is a perfect entry level saga for any youngsters wanting to explore traditional fantasy. Paolini was only 15 years old when he wrote the first book of this series and that is part of what makes it such a perfect young adult read.

When main character Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest he hopes that selling it will feed his family through the winter. The stone then turns out to be a dragon egg and he realises that he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. From here on Eragon has to raise his dragon Saphira, fulfil his destiny and overcome many challenges that will test him to his limits. It’s a tale of growing up, overcoming hardships and the importance of friendships that will get you stuck in and reading until late into the night.