‘Eileen’, Ottessa Moshfegh

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I chose this book in my quest I undertake each year to read through some of the Man Booker nominated titles.

‘Eileen’ was one I’d seen recommended on another blog and on Twitter. After reading ‘A Little Life’, I’ve grown to understand I like dark books – this one, I finished quite quickly and very much enjoyed.

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Eileen is a nightmarish and disturbing debut in which the eponymous character recalls a week in the life of her younger self which was the catalyst for an altered existence.

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‘The Girls’, Emma Cline

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I heard that this novel was going to be the book of the summer, and had seen it hyped everywhere from Instagram, Twitter and newspaper culture pages.

Having read and enjoyed an interview with author Emma Cline, I downloaded this on Kindle for my holidays.

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‘The Girls’ is the story of 14-year-old Californian Evie Boyd and the summer of 1969, when she was sucked into a cult that would achieve worldwide notoriety.

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‘Hot Milk’, Deborah Levy

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I bought Hot Milk on the Book Depository after seeing a #bookstagram and being completely taken in by the gorgeous cover.

I’d heard of Deborah Levy before but hadn’t ever read anything of hers. I was happy to hear a few weeks later that this novel was on the Man Booker longlist for 2016 – I had one read already, at least!

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In Southern Spain, a young woman is preoccupied with solving the mystery of her mother’s paralysis as they spend the summer at a clinic owned by the mysterious Dr Gomez.

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‘Solar Bones’, Mike McCormack

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For my first blog post, I figured the last book I finished was the best place to start. 

 I picked this book up in Anna B’s Bookshop in Schull. I first met owner Katarina at Grove House, which was my family’s favourite restaurant in Schull, West Cork. Katarina has now opened her bookshop, where you can buy coffee and cake as well as a good book. 

 I chose this book because I read a positive review beforehand, I think Rick O’Shea mentioned it in his book club Facebook group. I was told it was about West Cork, that was wrong, it’s actually set in Mayo. Anyway, I didn’t regret picking this. 

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 Solar Bones is the story of modern small-town life and the “rites, rhymes and rituals” that consume it as we focus on one Marcus Conway, a husband, father and civil engineer.

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