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Book Review: A Decent Ride – Irvine Welsh

Welsh is an incredibly repetitive writer. The oddly decent character has corkscrew curls which are mentioned almost as frequently as female genitalia, although admittedly in less colourful terms.

Book Review: Time Ages in a Hurry – Antonio Tabucchi

If the past is a foreign country, then the present must be equally different for those unsuited to it. In Time Ages in a Hurry, the late Italian author Antonio Tabucchi presents us with nine stories of characters who have survived the tumults of 20th century Europe, only to find themselves lost in the present.




Book Review: God Help the Child – Toni Morrison

In her first novel, 1970’s The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison explores the maelstrom of societal forces that converge in a father’s rape of his own child. She returns to the subject of child abuse in God Help the Child, in which such cruelty seems to hide around every corner – in playgrounds, sunny afternoons, and even the alley behind one’s home.

Book Review: Nobody is Ever Missing – Catherine Lacey

Catherine Lacey’s debut novel, Nobody is Ever Missing, follows narrator Elyria’s abrupt departure from her stable but unhappy married life in New York to travel around New Zealand, a country with which she has only the most tenuous connection. It is compulsive reading.

Book Review: Satin Island – Tom McCarthy

Satin Island Tom McCarthy [Jonathan Cape] This reviewer has been a fan of Tom McCarthy’s work since Remainder, a weird and deeply intelligent book about obsession and authenticity. Satin Island is McCarthy’s fourth novel, and in many ways it’s a distillation of the themes of Remainder. That is, it is read more…

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