Category Archives: Books in English

Keeper by Jessica Moor

This novel is a literary thriller about domestic abuse and is absolutely a book for our times. The Corona virus pandemic and the subsequent lock down measures have seen women in abusive relationships confined to the home and a huge … Continue reading

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Exquisite Cadavers- Meena Kandasamy

Meena Kandasamy’s recent, third novel, Exquisite Cadavers came about partly in response to reviewers of her previous novel, When I hit you. In the preface she says reviewers had categorised that novel as memoir, when she’d explicitly called it a … Continue reading

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A Thousand Moons- Sebastian Barry

This latest novel by Sebastian Barry is the sequel to his Costa-winning book, Days without End.  Narrated by Winona, the Lakota Sioux Indian girl taken in by Thomas McNulty and John Cole in the first book, the novel picks up … 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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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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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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My 10 Peak Reads of 2019

How hard to sift through the brilliant books I’ve read this year to find my top favourites- but here they are, some well known prize winners, some more personal choices, all of them books which have resonated with me this … Continue reading

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Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo, Man Booker Prize Winner 2019

This clever and entertaining Booker winning novel explores the intersection of race, class, gender and identity in today’s Britain through the stories of twelve people-‘mostly women, mostly black’.  They’re mostly metropolitan too, though one story takes place in rural Northumberland … Continue reading

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Lowborn by Kerry Hudson at Sheffield’s Off the Shelf Festival.

I was lucky enough to hear Kerry Hudson speak at Sheffield’s Off the Shelf Festival in October. She was talking about her book Lowborn, an account of growing up in poverty in today’s Britain. The book had been recommended by … Continue reading

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Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

This brilliant novel- the first written in English by Mexican writer Valeria Luiselli- is right up there with Milkman in my personal canon, for the way it approaches terrible, crushing human experiences through imaginative fiction and moves us at a … Continue reading

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