Everything is Illuminated
This book takes magic realism to a different level, and one of the central characters smacks of Borat. If that doesn’t convince you to read it, I don’t know what will.
Senor Vivo and the Coca Lords
I fell in love with this story before I was old enough to know it was based on Pablo Escabar’s Columbia. Everytime I read it, there’s a new depth I had missed before.
One Hundred Years of Solitude
A narrative of epic breadth, featuring the most mesmerising and formidable matriarchs you’ll ever met.
Unfortunately, this cautionary tale seems to have been treated like an instruction manual. Poor Orwell is turning in his grave, no doubt.
Within the strangest pretext for a story, the binding ties of family are evoked with accuracy and empathy… this got me right in the feels.
Sarra Culleno is a poet, mother and English teacher. She performs at literary events and festivals across the UK and is widely published. Sarra has featured in radio shows, audio dramas and podcasts, and she was longlisted for the Cinnamon Press Pamphlet Prize. You can see readings and performances of her poems on her youtube channel, and find links to her published work through her social media handles