The Three Novels you should buy this year

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As usual I’ve read a lot of books this year, but there are three that clearly stand out from the crowd. These are the ones to buy your friends for Christmas, that are worth getting in physical form and that I would love to talk about with you. If you’re looking for a book to buy, look no further!

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A wild, weird but well-told world in Eowyn Ivey’s To the Bright Edge of the World

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Young, quiet and curious Sophie has just married the older, serious and thoughtful Lieutenant Colonel Allen Forrester who is charged with exploring the wild, dangerous and uncharted Wolverine River in Alaska. He starts a journey through wild landscapes and peoples that blurs his perception of what is possible and what is real, leaving a pregnant Sophie alone at the military barracks, for an unexpected 

This book was fantastic. I’m not sure what could have been a more appealing idea for me: Alaska, magic, adventure, letters, a great heroine and all by the author of one of my very favourites, The Snow Child.  And it was wonderful. Ivey explores a new type of storytelling to great effect, and proves her mastery of magic realism again.

I am MAD EXCITED to read these books!

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It’s not often that I’m really, super, extremely excited to read any book – and now I’ve got four waiting for me! I’ve just got to complete my Lord of the Rings re-read first then I can get stuck in…

Here’s why I’m quite so excited: