I often find myself falling in love with somewhat unassuming books. Short, concise novels that don’t waste a single word. From Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn to Amongst Women by John McGahern, I gravitate towards novelists who don’t need to say very much in order to convey deep human emotion and universally recognisable feelings. Perhaps that is… Continue reading Review: Hotel du Lac
An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones won the Women’s Prize for Fiction earlier this year. Admittedly, that’s what drew me to this book. When I read the blurb describing it as a story about wrongful conviction and the systemic racism within the American criminal justice system, I thought of the recent Netflix film, When They… Continue reading An American Marriage
She’s the poet off-of Instagram. Yes, she has ‘followers’ and gets loads of ‘likes’. Poetic-snobs nation-wide want to hate her particular brand of social-media-friendly verse. But, care to admit it or not, Rupi Kaur’s new collection of poetry is beautifully understated, uncomplicated and accessible - what can be so wrong with that? Rupi lyricises about… Continue reading Review: the sun and her flowers, by Rupi Kaur
The Power, by Naomi Alderman, is a science fiction novel that depicts a world where women are supreme. Suddenly, the whole female population is convulsing with power. Unexpectedly, women discover that their bodies can inflict electrifying pain with just one touch. The story opens with a letter from a Mr Neil Adam Arman, from the… Continue reading Review: The Power by Naomi Alderman
Normally, I know where I stand with a novel. I know how to feel, I know what to think. But, Eleanor Opliphant is Completely Fine threw me through a loop. This book is funny, sad, unnerving and heart-warming all at the same time. It’s the best of human kindness and the depths of personal suffering…in under 400 pages.