Monique Mul­li­gan’s must-reads

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This book cen­tres on a group of women who find them­selves im­pris­oned in a run­down, re­mote property sur­rounded by an elec­tric fence. Read­ing Woods’ book was a vis­ceral ex­pe­ri­ence, cre­at­ing tension in my body as I ex­pe­ri­enced emo­tions one af­ter the other: anger, frus­tra­tion, help­less­ness, hor­ror, and deep sad­ness. It's a stun­ning ex­am­ple of lit­er­a­ture, al­le­gory and tal­ent. Read it … but make sure you’re in a strong frame of mind.

This book is set in a semi-fan­tasy me­dieval Bri­tain, long af­ter the de­par­ture of the Ro­mans, and in the years fol­low­ing the reign of the myth­i­cal King Arthur. There are dragons, war- ri­ors, pix­ies, beasts and knights, as well as or­di­nary hu­mans (split into two op­pos­ing groups, the Sax­ons and Britons); there are jour­neys, quests, bat­tles and strange mists that make peo­ple forget. It would be easy to clas­sify the novel as a fan­tasy/ad­ven­ture and yet, it’s so much more. It is also a love story and an al­le­gory. Defin­ing it as fan­tasy is overly sim­plis­tic.

A sense of melan­choly per­vades TheOtherSi­de­oftheWorld , a beau­ti­fully writ­ten novel by Stephanie Bishop. Themes of moth­er­hood, de­pres­sion, be­long­ing and iden­tity are ex­plored with insight, re­sult­ing in a mov­ing and mem­o­rable tale that will leave read­ers pon­der­ing.

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