Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

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Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

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I AM, I AM, I AM: SEVENTEEN BRUSHES WITH DEATH BY MAGGIE O'FARRELL, TINDER PRESS, PS18.99 (EBOOK PS9.49) HHHHH I AM, I Am, I Am is nimble, emotionally bruising and stunningly written. Divided into 17 distinct moments from the author's life, out of chronological order, it explores terrifying junctures at which Maggie grappled with the fact she may not take another breath.

There are instances many of us have experienced - sinking out of your depth while swimming, and others so brutal and horrifying, you have to put the book down between paragraphs to rebalance.

When you discover that Maggie's daughter suffers an immunological disorder and anaphylactic attacks leading to alarmingly frequent hospital visits, the strength, urgency and reasoning that underpins I Am, I Am, I Am becomes palpable. It's a beautiful, strangely reassuring read.

MY ABSOLUTE DARLING BY GABRIEL TALLENT, FOURTH ESTATE, PS12.99 (EBOOK PS7.99) HHHH H THIS debut novel from Gabriel Tallent brings us the story of Turtle Alveston - or 'kibble' to her charismatic but twisted survivalist father Martin - a 14-year-old who spends her time cleaning guns and preparing for the apocalypse she believes will soon come. …

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