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Furies: Stories of the wicked, wild and untamed - feminist tales from 15 bestselling, award-winning authors

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A secondary narrative strand comes from diary entries written by the most interesting and intelligent of the five kids, the deaf Mel (for Melody). They were important to the other themes and stuff, but when it came to the mystery of the murder, they were hardly present. Some are historical, some are infused with the mystical and magical, some have threads of fierce commentary and some are laugh-out-loud funny.

The first-person narrator, Alex Morris, flees from her former life as a theater director to take on the challenge of teaching dysfunctional kids in Edinburgh after the unfair death of her fiancée. The Furies: mythological snake-haired goddesses of vengeance, pursuers of those who have committed unavenged crimes.

But Alex soon discovers that discussing the Greek tragedies opens them up in unexpected ways, and she gradually develops a rapport with them.

Churail” by Kamila Shamsie - pakistāniešu folklorā balstīts maģiskā reālisma stāsts, kurā tēvs mēgina aizbēgt uz Londonu no būtnes, par ko varētu pārvērtusies mirusī sieva (bet vai saknes ir iespējams nogriezt? Whilst you aren't going to love every story in an anthology of mixed authors there are some great short stories in here. A story of a woman going beyond the path laid out for her and risking herself for her people and her future despite great fear. Through her teaching of Greek Tragedies and her interest in these forgotten children, she inspires them to look at life from a different perspective. Despite my disappointment in this anthology’s majority, Kohda’s beautiful, meaningful story did help soften the blow.For more details, please consult the latest information provided by Royal Mail's International Incident Bulletin. I don't even think the present perspective or the written perspective should have been there at all because the extra two storylines made the whole story much too predictable. The reader, along with the students, will enjoy reconnecting with the Greek tragedies, which take on new life here. What makes the book spellbinding, what makes it thrill, is -- aside from the intellectual excitement offered by the discussions of the dramas -- the way that Haynes so effortlessly (or seemingly so! Although I could fairly quickly work out the rough outlines of the disaster, Haynes kept me on the edge of my seat by the incredibly skillful way she slowly revealed a detail here and a detail there, as if I were seeing a picture at first only blurrily through misted glass but then the mist gradually evaporated.

Revisiting it in 2023, I’m inclined to agree with those criticisms, but am less enthusiastic about some of the things I (then) liked. Never quite sure how to properly rate anthologies; some of the short stories I absolutely loved and was disappointed that it wasn’t a full length novel but then there were others that I skim read as they just weren’t for me. He is able now to visualise and even travel among the filaments of energies that power all existence: the furies. His latest novels just added up to the long list of average ones easily available and soon forgotten. Hussy” by Caroline O’Donoghue (4/5) revolves around an adult film star, past her glory days but determined to make the best of her circumstances.The range varies from making you shaken of visceral anger to having to pause to think all of your life choices.

The premise or rather construction of the story is not entirely new, but the way Natalie Haynes tells us the tale is imaginative, captivating and utterly engaging .I wasn't surprised that Mel killed her, to get revenge for Luke on Alex's behalf, but I really loved the twist nearer the end where Alex finally finds out Mel didn't just push her, but stabbed her while she pushed her: Alex had held on to the idea of it having been an accident, so to find out it had been a true murder after all, was delightfully shocking. First of all, I am not entirely sure myself why this particular novel captured my imagination the way it did – but it really really did.

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