Shelf Indulgence

Margaret Murphy recommends books across a range of styles and a mixture of new and old.

Things in jars

Things in Jars by Jess Kidd

Canongate, ISBN-13: 978-1-78689-376-5 Things In Jars is described as a Victorian detective novel. A convenient label, for shelving the work, but this is a genre-defying story in the mould of Jesse Burton’s The Miniaturist and Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent. Admittedly, there is a mystery at the heart...

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Bluff

Bluff, by Michael Kardos

Head of Zeus, ISBN-13: 978-1-78854-374-3 In the illusionist’s world, close-up magic is king, and eighteen-year-old prodigy Natalie Webb promised to be one of the best. Then she got burned by an unscrupulous artist who stole her heart along with her best illusion....

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Flesh and Blood

Flesh and Blood

A History of My Family in Seven Sicknesses by Stephen McGann Simon & Schuster (2018) ISBN: 1471160815 The McGann brothers Joe, Paul, Mark and Stephen were Liverpool royalty in the 1980s and 90s, and Stephen McGann has achieved international stardom...

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