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Attraction – Book Review

The winner of the inaugural Michael Gifkins Prize, Attraction is the debut novel of New Zealand prose writer, poet and artist Ruby Porter. Written as part of her Master of Creative Writing thesis at Auckland University, Attraction was published by Text Publishing in May 2019. Attraction follows three young women: Ilana, Ashi, and an unnamed narrator. On a road trip… Continue reading Attraction – Book Review

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The Binding – Book Review

The Binding is a novel which immediately seduces. Like the hardback books of the nineteenth century, it has deckle edging, thick-cut paper and an embossed spine – its bronze, navy blue and glossy gold cover will entice you with its strikingly classic yet magical design. The first adult novel from acclaimed London-based writer and playwright Bridget… Continue reading The Binding – Book Review

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Rediscovering Reading

In 1911, Katherine Mansfield was 23 years old. I have loved her writing ever since I first studied her short stories at the precarious age of seventeen. My English teacher offered us a bite-sized selection to read – Her First Ball, Miss Brill and The Woman at the Store – and enquired afterwards, ‘what do the stories make you feel?’.