I wasn't long into this Man Booker Prize winning book of 2018, when I realised that it was set in 1970s Northern Ireland, probably Belfast. Although nothing is named, the place 'over the water' and the people who live 'over the road', who follow 'the other religion' was very reminiscent of The Troubles as I remember them. I was living in Liverpool, close to Northern Ireland, and I still have childhood memories of such terms as 'kneecapping', 'car bombs' and 'paramilitary'. And the more I read, the more my belief was reinforced.
My favourite film of all-time is, and has been since I first watched it as a child, Jason and the Argonauts. It probably was the catalyst for my love of Greek mythology. So it was with great anticipation that I read Circe, the second book written by Madeline Miller about the Ancient Greek gods.
Unashamedly influenced by Alfred Hitchcock films, this bestseller and debut novel reads like the script of the dark psychological thriller film it will become. It is easy to see why there have been over a million copies sold.
There was a familiar yet original feel to this novel.
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