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BOOK REVIEW: THE HOARDER

The Hoarder By Jess Kidd Out now from Canongate, £14.99 hardcover Jess Kidd’s debut, Himself (which I reviewed here), was the welcome arrival of a distinctive voice in literary fiction, one lilting with Irish cadences, unafraid to blur the line between … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: OVERLAND

Overland By Graham Rawle Out 22 March from Chatto & Windus Paperback, £14.99 Rejoice, lovers of all that’s innovative and experimental, for Graham Rawle, whose last novel, The Card, came out in 2012, returns with Overland. Set in Los Angeles, … Continue reading

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His Colours, They Were Fine

Warning—possible triggers re: depression, death by suicide. Keeping a promise to a friend shouldn’t be hard. Promising to write about an intensely beautiful and moving art exhibition shouldn’t be hard. But lately words don’t seem to belong to me. On … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock By Imogen Hermes Gowar Out 25 January from Harvill Secker Hardback, £12.99 The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, by Imogen Hermes Gowar, is Vintage’s lead debut novel for 2018. It’s received a lot of hype and … Continue reading

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REVIEW catch up, Part II

As promised, or threatened, here are a couple more rapid (ish) reviews. I’m nearly caught up — for now. Sargent’s Women, Four Lives Behind the Canvas  By Donna M Lucey Out now from  WW Norton & Company, £24 hardcover John … Continue reading

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RAPID FIRE BOOK REVIEWS Part I

  Dear Readers — If it’s not to arrogant to suppose you exist. My apologies for not blogging for ages. My excuses include, but are not limited to: •Massive amounts of prescribed reading for the McIlvanney Prize (judge); EIBF, Bloody … Continue reading

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Who Dat?

(by any other name. . . ) Years ago, dining with a friend, I dropped my credit card on the table to cover my share of the bill. Glancing at the name it bore, she recoiled and hissed: “Who ARE … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Seeing Red

Seeing Red by Lina Meruane Translated by Megan McDowell Out 3 August from Atlantic Books £12.99 hardback, and eBook (In Edinburgh? Lina’s at Edinburgh International Book Festival on 26th August) Writing this in tearing haste, as the saying goes, but … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: The Fact of a Body

The Fact of a Body By Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich Out now from Macmillan £20 hardback; £16.99 eBook As a story, this is spellbinding. As a feat of engineering, it is a marvel that everyone who writes should study carefully. Comparisons abound. Here … Continue reading

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Deep Dish

(These are not the dishes in question, but these dishes are for sale on my Etsy shop.) For my fourth and final year of university I moved off campus into a flat. I was sharing with a pal I’d met … Continue reading

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