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Top Reviewer Ranking: 6,721 - Total Helpful Votes: 553 of 715
A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie
A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie
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After a romantic start that wrong-footed me slightly (is this historical chick-lit?) A God In Every Stone develops into a subtle, surprising and deeply intelligent exploration of nationhood and injustice. Not only is it ambitious, but it fulfils its ambition – and remains engaging and a pleasure to read at the same time. A fantastic achievement.
How to Fare Well and Stay Fair (Salt Modern Fictio&hellip by Adnan Mahmutovic
4.0 out of 5 stars Moving and humane, 21 May 2014
This is a bold experiment in form, an accomplished collection of voices that in their refusal to conform to expectations, to be 'safe', may well embody an aspect of the experience of migration itself. For those of us who have never had to wrench ourselves away from nation and nationhood, Adnan Mahmutovic's book is a moving and humane exercise in expanding our imaginative sympathies.
Cuckoo! by Fiona Roberton
Cuckoo! by Fiona Roberton
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This book has utterly charming illustrations and some really fun animal sounds to read out, which kids will really enjoy. On the level of metaphor the message is slightly mixed (cuckoos come loaded with a LOT of cultural baggage, after all!) which on the one hand doesn't matter a bit – most children probably won't care – but on the other hand, if you're going to say, as the blurb does, that this a book 'about' acceptance and belonging (ie that it does have a deeper meaning) then it's a good idea to be slightly more in control of the metaphorical aspect of the story.

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