Category Archives: Book review

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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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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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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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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Hasty Book Reviews

Life, eh? Got a little busy here, so I’m going to keep this short and bookish, until I corral all my more personal thoughts into coherent little essays. Does your heart soar when you hear there’s a new Agatha Christie … Continue reading

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