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You need to read ‘You Need to Know’

Christmas Eve. A car pile-up. Who will survive? And who caused the crash? Nicola Moriarty’s You Need to Know is a complex family drama, where everyone has a secret. This multi-view story follows three author brothers, their partners, and their mother, as they navigate grief, family tension, and both everyday and extraordinary dramas. Topics include…

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Interview: Miranda Luby on Sadie Starr’s Guide to Starting Over

In this special podcast episode, we chat to the author of Sadie Starr’s Guide to Starting Over: Miranda Luby, award-winning author, freelance journalist, copywriter and communications professional. Sadie Starr is her debut novel. We chat about perfectionism, disordered eating, and performative social activism. Miranda shares insights into her inspiration, writing, and thoughts around how we…

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The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill

The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill is a reimagining of The Little Mermaid. Branded as a story told through ‘a searing feminist lens… a book with the darkest of undercurrents’, it follows Gaia, the youngest daughter of The Sea King. She falls in love with a human boy and longs to find out what happened…

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Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal

What is it like to navigate a world that isn’t designed for how your brain works? Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal looks at the impact of trying to be ‘normal’ for a neurodiverse teenage girl. As always, please note that this post contains spoilers! Topics covered:  Autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, sexual harassment, domestic…

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Nine Perfect Strangers

In this blog-exclusive review, we talk about the psychology behind Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers. Now a major TV series! Please note that this blog post contains spoilers! Mental health issues covered:  grief after a family member’s suicide, body image and disordered eating, drug use/psychedelics Additional content warnings for the book itself: diet talk and…

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