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Laura Oosterbeek

Laura is a Promiscuous Reader and Book Club Slut who spends her time biking around looking for sidewalk cats and browsing bookstalls. She is obsessed with Donna Tartt and drinks her coffee black. Originally from Aotearoa New Zealand, she lives in Cambridge UK.

Reviews by Laura Oosterbeek:

I’ve never visualized a book as much as I have this feminist dystopia. It’s one of sisters dressed in white linen and a house illuminated in solitude.
This novel is as novel as it gets. Written in real time over the Summer of 2017, Crudo speaks to the now and is terrifyingly relevant.
I want to see the world like Durga does: to miss the crucial plot points because I’ve been too busy noticing the prose.
An easy paperback of original essays, interviews, stories, poetry, and comics that reminded me of the love that leaks like light into my life.
The second of Ali Smith’s seasonal quartet Winter arrived when I needed it most – in a physical winter, but also a winter of global identity.
This is a darkly funny musing on the story of a woman who chose not to disclose her entire story. She chose not to be a possession.
M.L. Rio’s unreliable narrator drew me in. I loved delighting in the twists and being left (at the turn of the final page) with a book hangover.
This is a true reflection of what it feels like to be a millennial. Frances is flawed, intelligent, hypocritical, narcissistic, emotional and creative.
A practice in unreliable narration, Fates and Furies is a novel that makes you comfortable, and then pulls the chair out from under you.
In the depths of the dark Winter, the The Luminaries allowed me to spend time on the shores of New Zealand’s wild coast - home.
The girls “obsessively examine the details of the affair with the curiosity, jealousy, and approbation native to any adolescent girl.”
Being difficult is an insult, and a command to disappear. But being difficult is our main weapon, a difficult woman is one who should be celebrated.
Set in 1893, men rule the world. But upon the death of her husband, Cora has freedom - freedom to become a scientist and freedom to live as she pleases.
Sex opens wounds and brings their dark pasts into harsh and blinding light. It’s a love story that is purely original and fresh.
The flâneur is seen but unseen, and free to do as s[he] pleases. It's a musing on women who walk and why they do so; through New York, Paris, Tokyo, and Venice.