Author Archives: mandywight

Serotonine by Michel Houellebecq-Longlisted for the 2020 International Booker Prize.

I was interested to read that Michel Houellebecq’s latest novel SĂ©rotonine, in translation by Shaun Whiteside, has been longlisted for the 2020 International Booker Prize. This prize is awarded every year for a single book that’s been translated into English … Continue reading

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Days without End by Sebastian Barry

With the imminent publication of Sebastian Barry’s novel A Thousand Moons, I decided to go back and reread his novel Days Without End, which became Costa Book of the Year in 2016. A Thousand Moons picks up its story, focusing … Continue reading

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10 Minutes, 38 seconds in This Strange World- by Elif Shafak

Ever since this book was  published last year I’d wanted to read it on account of its intriguing title-I’d never read anything by Elif Shafak before, so it seemed like this was the book for me. The significance of that … Continue reading

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Temporada de Avispas- Wasp Season- by Elisa Ferrer

Nuria wakes up in her ex-boyfriend’s bed with the mother of all hangovers. She’s at a low ebb. She’s recently lost her job as a magazine cartoonist due to cutbacks and she can’t stop seeing Juan though they split some … Continue reading

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When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy

In her novel When I Hit You we hear the original, unique voice of the writer Meena Kandasamy recounting a story of domestic abuse in southern India. It is not only a harrowing story of escalating violence, but also an … Continue reading

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Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead- Olga Tokarczuk translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones

An old woman living remotely in a Polish forest is woken at night by her neighbour, Oddball. He’s seen the light on in Big Foot’s kitchen, heard his dog barking, and thinks something’s happened to Big Foot. The two set … Continue reading

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Grand Union by Zadie Smith

This short story collection by Zadie Smith is a mixed bag. A British writer, now living in New York, she’s an accomplished critic of both UK and American society, and these clever stories comment on people, relationships, current preoccupations and … Continue reading

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