Author Archives: randallwrites

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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The Mythology of Loss?

I’m not a loser. That is, I don’t lose things. Oh sure, I’d be hard pressed to tell you what became of much of my childhood detritus — toys, clothes, the contents of our dressing up box. Let’s blame Mom … Continue reading

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Binge Reading: Leonora Carrington

The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington By Joanna Moorhead Out now from Virago Press, £20 hardcover Down Below  By Leonora Carrington Out 18 May from New York Review Books Classics £8.99 paperback The Hearing Trumpet By Leonora Carrington Exact Change Books … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Sarah Schmidt

See What I Have Done By Sarah Schmidt Out 4 May from Tinder Press, £12.99 hardback Unsolved mysteries stick in our collective memory like burrs, a constant irritant to our curiosity. Every so often someone comes along with a solution … Continue reading

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Apologetic Mode

  I know, I know, where have I been? Off trying to earn money, trying to unscramble my head, and reading a lot of books that I’m either reviewing for an unnameable client (and most of which are horrific) or … Continue reading

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