Merak Magazine

Nostalgia

He stares at me strangely This son of my mine He catches me smiling When there’s no reason or pantomime I’ve wondered down memory lane And can’t keep that smile away. Oh my golden youth! If only I could turn…

American Mistress

  It was odd what had come over Jake’s parents. Usually they argued. Sometimes violently. But this morning it seemed they had found some sort of common ground. His father sat at the kitchen table at his typewriter as his…

Bag Ladies by Jean Lant

If you are someone who’s looking for a quick read of a short thriller based on true life events, then ‘Bag Ladies’ by Jean Lant will not disappoint you.  This book about two witty, humorous and strong ladies going through…

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Blurb: It tells the story of two sisters in France during World War II, and their struggle to survive and resist the German occupation of France. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Nightingale for its storytelling and twists that kept me gripped…

The Perfect Wife by J.P. Delaney

The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney is a mesmerising novel that is part science fiction,  part mystery and completely enthralling.  Confession time: I am not a sci-fi fan but I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this domestic mystery. Tim Scott is a Silicon Valley billionaire whose tech…

Salt Slow by Julia Armfield

Once upon a time, I was a person who made the bold claim: ‘I don’t like short stories.’ Imagine that, just writing off a whole genre like that! In the past whenever I dabbled in short story collections (which wasn’t…

Nostalgia

We all ran the corridors together to make sure we were always ahead of the headmaster. If one did get caught, we all took the blame being ready to be held accountable for every one’s mistakes. This unity is something…

The Minimalist Babe by Lola Ray Marie

‘Echoing the thoughts behind Leonardo Da Vinci’s quote that “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” The Minimalist Babe teaches you how to value the simple things. From learning to declutter and live with less to living life with passion, good health,…

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

“Alaska isn’t about who you were when you headed this way. It’s about who you become.”   Set in the late 1900’s, The Great Alone follows the story of the search for solitude, and the revelations that come with living…