Category Archives: Else

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing – Eimear McBride

This was… weird. (I got that far and then paused writing to do something else, and now it’s over a week later and I’m tempted to leave this post there… but I won’t). I’m not sure if that is a … Continue reading

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Outsiders: Five Women Writers Who Changed the World – Lyndall Gordon

I don’t often read biography. I’m not sure why; it just mostly doesn’t appeal to me, though I do treasure my biography of Michael Ventris* somewhat. And I’m assuming historical fiction based on the life of Cicero doesn’t count. So … Continue reading

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The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

Shockingly, given it won the Booker Prize, I was expecting this to be good. And, doubly shockingly, it didn’t disappoint. This isn’t going to be a shocking review, all told. You know sometimes you get that feeling with something – … Continue reading

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Ghostwritten – David Mitchell

I really rather love David Mitchell. No real qualification to that, he just writes really well and it pleases me. However, this was his first book, and often that is a bit of a disappointment compared to a favourite author’s … Continue reading

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Kindred – Octavia Butler

Welp. I read this in a day. That probably says more than the thousand words I’m going to write could possibly convey about how good I thought this book was (spoilers, I’m going to write those thousand words anyway). Because … Continue reading

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House of Names – Colm Tóibín

Hot on the heels of Bright Air Black, another literary reinterpretation of a Classical myth (this time, the Oresteia)… which was probably a bad idea. I mean, this has been on my reading pile for ages, so I was going to get … Continue reading

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Bright Air Black – David Vann

This one was another birthday present, and one where I read the blurb and just went “yessssss”. Because I am predictable, and giving me reinterpretations of Classical myths to read is never going to go wrong. And then it comes … Continue reading

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