Category Archives: Book review

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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BOOK REVIEW: Rachel Ferguson

A Footman for the Peacock By Rachel Ferguson Out now. A Furrowed Middlebrow book (an imprint of Dean Street Press). £9.99 paperback, also available as an ebook. For more about this independent publisher and the imprint, visit: http://www.deanstreetpress.co.uk/main/middlebrow Rachel Ferguson … Continue reading

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THREE BOOK REVIEWS

  Bad Dreams By Tessa Hadley Out now from Jonathan Cape £14.99 hardback; Ebook available Rejoice! There’s a new collection of Tessa Hadley’s short stories. Many will be familiar to regular readers of The New Yorker, but isn’t it wonderful … Continue reading

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Two from Canongate

Himself By Jess Kidd Out now from Canongate, £12.99 hardback, ebook, £10.99 Himself is a lively amalgamation of literary styles — crime thriller, magical realism, Irish trickster, Gothic — and an absorbing, audacious debut. It opens with a woman’s brutal … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Belinda Bauer

The Beautiful Dead By Belinda Bauer Bantam Press, £12.99 hardcover Out now A skilled writer is a skilled picker. To plunge readers into their story, a writer first sifts through a world of possibilities to select a precisely suitable image, emotion, … Continue reading

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