A review of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and Standard Deviation

  I read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny. I didn't read them with any pre-conceived ideas - in fact, both were from NetGalley and I knew very little about them - it’s possibly only a similarity of my own thinking, but they seem like a match... Continue Reading →

The Girls by Emma Cline

I have a dislocated elbow at the moment; my arm is in a full cast and I'm unable to work so it's the perfect time to catch up with some of my giant TBR pile. Last year there was a lot of buzz about The Girls, it was hyped to the max, and I remember hoping... Continue Reading →

A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold

This isn't the kind of book I would usually read. I am not someone who thrills to tales of real life violence; the True Crime section in the bookshop is of no interest to me and although I do read in-depth newspaper and magazine articles, I try to steer clear of sensationalist nonsense that seems... Continue Reading →

The Museum of You by Carys Bray

When Carys Bray writes, woah, she sure does get you in the feels. Both “The Museum of You” and Bray's first novel, “A Song for Issy Bradley,” deal with the aftermath of death, but Bray has a wonderful way of illuminating darkness with humour and empathy so the novels remain a pleasure to read. Clover... Continue Reading →

My name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Strout is an exemplary storyteller and having adored Olive Kitteridge so damn much, I trust her to tell a quietly unfussy and moving story. MNiLB is narrated by Lucy Barton who looks back at a long stay she had some time in the eighties in hospital recovering from a post-op infection. Her husband and children... Continue Reading →

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Paul Kalanithi spent years training to be a neurosurgeon. He was one of those dazzling people who could have followed any number of paths, studying literature, philosophy and medicine with equal vigour. He trained in neurological surgery at Stanford University, believing brain surgery was his calling. The ridiculous workload (100 hour work weeks) and literal... Continue Reading →

Smash Lits with Dan Powell

So, the first person to face my Smash Lits questions is Dan Powell. His debut collection of short fiction - "Looking Out Of Broken Windows" - has just been published by Salt. I got to read it before it was published. (Yeah, I'm showing off.) Dan was entering it into the Scott Prize and I told... Continue Reading →

The Deaths by Mark Lawson

Four wealthy families live in four exclusive listed houses in the countryside, a half hour commute from London. From the outset we know that one of these families has been murdered, and Lawson’s novel keeps the big reveal of who and why until the end part of the book. Instead he introduces us to each... Continue Reading →

Pulpy goodness

A new edition of the ever fabulous Pulp Net is now up. I have written reviews of Janice Galloway's "This is Not About Me" and Chris Killen's "The Bird Room". Also, for London dwelling peeps, there is a Pulp Net Short Story Cafe on tonight, which looks well worth going to.

Two real reviews, and one fake!

Two reviews of mine have just gone live at Pulp Net. Kuzhali Manickavel and Tania Hershman have written very different debut story collections, but I can whole heartedly recommend both, and its not often I can say that!I contributed a fake review to Jenn Ashworth's collaboration with Tolu Ogunlesi. You can read the whole online... Continue Reading →

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