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Treacle Walker
Book Review

Treacle Walker

Alan Garner. 4th Estate Books. (160p) ISBN 9780008477790 I preordered this the moment I heard that Alan Garner was releasing a new book, his take on mythology in children’s fiction is always wonderfully nuanced and executed. All the way through this there was the feel of an epic poem or a folk ballad with the …

Occupation
Book Review

Occupation

Julian Fuks. Charco Press. (150p) ISBN 9781916277878 I think this may have been one of the books I’ve tried to read the most over the second lockdown, I may have started this six or seven times. This is not a statement of the quality of the book apart from that the book deserves your full …

Summerwater
Book Review

Summerwater

Sarah Moss. Pan Macmillan. (208p) ISBN 9781529035476 I tried to read this during the middle of the biggest reading slump I’ve ever had and just couldn’t, and after reading it in two sittings this time I really should have tried harder. A brilliantly realised character study of several families and their motivations during a summer …

Never Let Me Go
Book Review

Never Let Me Go

Kazuo Ishiguro. Faber & Faber. (304p) ISBN 9780571258093 Melancholic. This is about the only word that can be used to describe Never Let Me Go, it is there from the start to the end. Always on the verge of crying. This is such a well-crafted elegy to the dead or those about to die. Nothing …

The Old Man and the Sea
Book Review

The Old Man and the Sea

Ernest Hemingway. Vintage. (112p) ISBN 9780099273967 I realised a while back that I had never read any Ernest Hemingway, along with a raft of other classics and felt it was time to start filling that gap in my reading. The Old Man and the Sea always fascinated me as I had a vague recollection of …

Panenka
Book Review

Panenka

Ronan Hession. Bluemoose Books. (180p) ISBN 9781910422670 After such a great debut I was really looking forward to reading Rónán’s follow up and was lucky enough to get sent a copy from Bluemoose Books to read and review. During a year where we are all just feeling raw, as though our nerve endings feel exposed …

The Swallowed Man
Book Review

The Swallowed Man

Edward Carey. Gallic Books. (176p) ISBN 9781913547035 Whilst on Furlough 1.0™ I kept seeing this bandied about Twitter and was fascinated by the concept, but the main draw was the stunning cover I kept seeing flashed up on screen. Imagine my delight when I returned to work for that month holiday from lockdown to find …

Holiday Heart
Book Review

Holiday Heart

Margarita Garcia Robayo. Charco Press. (160p) ISBN 9781999368449 I had previously read Fish Soup by Margarita Garcia Robayo and thought it was absolutely stunning so was really looking forward to reading this and wasn’t disappointed at all. This sounds simple, and in a way it is but Margarita takes this simplicity and shines it to …

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