Round up of British Book Challenge 2013

I can’t believe it’s been a year, since I accepted the challenge to read 12 books by a British author. I’ve absolutely loved discovering new British authors this year. I’m definitely going to continue the challenge next year. We have far too many brilliant authors in the UK, that deserve much more recognition.

Here are the British Authors I’ve discovered this year, complete with a link to my review!

Here’s to discovering new British Authors in 2014 and continuing to support UK writers!

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Strange Bodies

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Faber and Faber ltd.

Synopsis:

Nicholas Slopen has been dead for months. So when a man claiming to be Nicholas turns up to visit an old girlfriend, deception seems the only possible motive.

Yet nothing can make him change his story.

From the secure unit of a notorious psychiatric hospital, he begins to tell his tale: an account of attempted forgery that draws the reader towards an extraordinary truth – a metaphysical conspiracy that lies on the other side of madness and death.

Strange Bodies takes the reader on a dizzying speculative journey that poses questions about identity, authenticity, and what it means to be truly human

Thoughts:

I was really intrigued to start this book after reading the synopsis. After finishing reading it I’m not sure that I would read it again, but it’s certainly an interesting read.

The plot isn’t really unique but it’s intriguing. It makes you read on wondering what on earth was happening. I can’t say it was anything in particular that pulled me to it, but it had a certain something that made you keep reading. The writing was easy to read and engaging. Being interested in philosophy myself, I liked the philosophical questions the book posed. I have had to write many an essay about what makes humans, human, so it interested me to see such topics raised in a fiction book.

The characters aren’t always easy to like, but they’re interesting and they’re what stand out for me in this book. Although I didn’t fall completely in love with this book, I still found it an enjoyable way to spend a Saturday afternoon. It’s worth picking up.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Reading next:
The S Word- Chelsea Pitcher