May 20, 2013

She goes beyond the interesting but dry world of social criticism and feminism to a laugh-out-loud, incredibly relatable, and important read for women. And men too.

May 13, 2013

Marías’ latest is a delight and a revelation, concurrently tugging at your heartstrings and engaging your grey matter.

May 6, 2013

If you can get into it, Tropic of Skorpeo is fun. There’s some fighting, some kidnapping, two thwarted weddings, a love plot, and at one point Rhameo does go to sleep inside a giant vagina on a planet called Pornotopia.

April 29, 2013

With a charming surrealism and a whimsical, slightly troubled logic, the stories in The Elephant Vanishes are condensed bursts of Murakami—but not at all diminished for this.

April 15, 2013

Our collective attention span is short, but as Genevieve Jurgensen demonstrates in her 1994 memoir, the aftermath of disaster, though unfolding laboriously, is often more compelling than disaster itself.

April 15, 2013

The novella contains a thick sense of atmosphere, resonating beautifully through Johnson’s sparse writing.

April 8, 2013

Teaching Placement The first day in many I had not got this eyelash out of my eye was yellow-eveninged and not so wise that it did not become night in a matter of days which turned into a season, darkness trapped in forests growing amass of humanity, a plethora of eyelashes. My new sheets were […]

March 25, 2013

I don’t read enough thrillers. I get caught up in that whole “literary fiction versus genre fiction” narrative, and decide that I should be reading important books by important people: books with a higher purpose than simply entertaining. This is silly, and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn manages to be a ridiculously  addictive thriller, fizzing […]

March 25, 2013

Set in 1989 against a backdrop of fear, aggression and anxiety, Hanif Kureishi’s 1995 the Black album skilfully explores a Britain in flux: Thatcher’s reign nearing its end, the Berlin Wall crumbling, the country continuing to reconcile itself with the collapse of empire. The novel’s title, taken from the eponymous Prince album, is emblematic of […]