Blog Tour – Love and Theft by Stan Parish

Welcome to my stop on the Love and Theft blog tour! Huge thank you to Faber & Faber for giving me the opportunity to take part in this! I was provided a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication Date:
06/05/2021
Length: 233 pages
Genre:
Mystery | Thriller | Romance

CW: drug use

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What price would you put on a second chance?

When Alex Cassidy and Diane Alison meet by chance at a party in Princeton, New Jersey, there are instant sparks. Both are single parents living in wealthy suburbia, independent, highly competent and seemingly settled in their lives. She runs a successful catering business. He’s part of a crew that robs banks, casinos and jewellery stores around the world. Neither realises initially that their lives have overlapped before, or that their shared history and burgeoning relationship will come to threaten everything they love. As Alex prepares for one final, daunting job, he discovers that he’s not the only one with secrets – and that both of them are playing for the highest stakes imaginable.

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Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication Date:
02/03/2021
Length: 320 pages
Genre:
Dystopian | Literary Fiction

CW: n/a

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‘The Sun always has ways to reach us.’

From her place in the store, Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, watches carefully the behaviour of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass in the street outside. She remains hopeful a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change for ever, Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans.

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Light Perpetual by Francis Spufford

Firstly, huge thank you to Faber & Faber for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication Date:
04/02/2021
Length: 336 pages
Genre:
Literary Fiction | Historical Fiction

CW: Homophobia, racism, violence

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Lunchtime, a Saturday, 1944: the Woolworths on Bexford High Street in southeast London has a new delivery of aluminum saucepans. A crowd gathers to see the first new metal in ages – after all, everything’s been melted down for the war effort. An instant later, the crowd is gone; incinerated. In it were five little children. Atomised.

Who were they? What future did they lose? Running another reel, another version of time, Perpetual Light is the rest of the twentieth century as the five children’s destinies were extended. Their intimate everyday dramas, as sons and daughters, spouses, parents, grandparents; as the separated, the remarried, the bereaved. Through decades of social, sexual and technological transformation, as bus conductors and landlords, as swindlers and teachers, patients and inmates. Days of personal triumphs, disasters; of second chances and redemption, all amidst the bustling, humming multitudes of London.

Five lives and stories told in beams of light, not ends.

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little scratch by Rebecca Watson

Firstly, huge thank you to Faber for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication Date:
14/01/2021
Length: 205 pages
Genre:
Literary Fiction | Contemporary Fiction

CW: self harm, sexual assault, rape

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little scratch tells the story of a day in the life of an unnamed woman, living in a lower-case world of demarcated fridge shelves and office politics; clock-watching and WhatsApp notifications. In a voice that is fiercely wry, touchingly delicate and increasingly neurotic, the protagonist relays what it takes to get through the quotidian detail of that single trajectory – from morning to night – while processing recent sexual violence.

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