These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

In this young adult novel, Romeo and Juliet meets 1920's Shanghai, with a little dark magic twist. Juliette Cai is from the Scarlet Gang, who have fought with the White Flowers for generations. Roma Montagov was her first love, but now they hate each other. When series of mysterious deaths break out with people clawing …

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Whose Body? By Dorothy L Sayers

Whose Body? is the story of an unknown murdered man found naked in the bathtub of an architects home. None of the members of the household know him and are shocked and scandalised by the body found in their home. Who is the man? And is he connected in some way to a missing financier? Lord …

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Lud-In-The-Mist – Hope Mirrlees

I’d actually never heard of this one before, and came across it randomly from a more hard-core fantasy fan than me. It’s a novel from the 1920’s by a contemporary of Virginia Woolf who amusingly referred to the author as “prickly and perverse…rather conspicuously well dressed” and whom Neil Gaiman champions as a lost author …

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Happy Valley – Patrick White

Written when the author was just 27, this book about characters in small town Australia contains elements of stream of consciousness and experimental literature that made it famous at the time, and yet White would not allow it’s reprint in his life time. An excellent first time novel, something about the story and characters feels …

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