Week 19: Ali Smith, Queen of the Shortlists

The Accidental book review George Saunders was the bookies' favourite but Ali Smith led the pack as far as sales of her book. I'm talking about two of the authors shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize, whose winner was, indeed, Saunders for Lincoln in the Bardo. If I had the money - which [...]

By |2018-09-08T19:16:25+00:00October 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 21: A haunting classic from Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca book review There are times when you'd like to get hold of the unnamed heroine of Rebecca and give her a good sharp slap upside the head. Yes, she's young. Yes, she hasn't been around much. And yes, she has married a man much older than she - old enough to be her [...]

By |2018-09-08T19:11:37+00:00October 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Week 18: Kazuo Ishiguro and the chilly art of fiction

A Pale View of Hills book review Memory can be an unreliable thing. So says the narrator of Kazuo Ishiguro's debut novel, A Pale View of Hills. Published in 1982, the novel was praised for its "uncanny mix of surface calm with menace and deep tension", a mix that would be repeated seven years [...]

By |2018-09-08T19:22:41+00:00October 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Week 17: Reading Harper Lee in the time of Trump

To Kill a Mockingbird book review I first read To Kill a Mockingbird when I was in my early twenties. It had been out for ten years or so, and Harper Lee's description of superstition, ignorance and institutional prejudice seemed remote - almost quaint. In the wake of the white supremacist rallies in Viriginia [...]

By |2018-09-08T19:28:32+00:00October 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments