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When it’s hard to find words, ‘The White Book’ by Han Kang

My recent posts have been seasonally themed, in as much as V and Lanark work with my annual temptation to escape winter into imaginative flights of fancy.  Han Kang’s meditation on mourning is something else entirely. I read this book … Continue reading

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Where to begin? Reviewing ‘Lanark’ by Alastair Gray

I was so excited to find a second-hand copy of Gray’s novel ‘Lanark: A life in four books’ when I was up in Glasgow last year.  It may not have had the cover I’d previously associated with this Scottish classic, … Continue reading

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‘Nothing makes any waking sense’: ‘V’ by Thomas Pynchon

Oh dear, it was over a year ago that I actually read ‘V’ by Thomas Pynchon.  Needless to say, my new year’s resolution has nothing to do with prospective reading challenges and is far more concerned with catching up with … Continue reading

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A top read from 2018: ‘Fun Home’ by Alison Bechdel

Before reading ‘Fun Home,’ I only knew of Alison Bechdel from The Bechdel Test.  Then I saw that there was a musical based on her memoir ‘Fun Home’ and heard that it was about her father coming out as gay. … Continue reading

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A novel for our times: ‘Now in November’ by Josephine Johnson

I first encountered ‘Now in November,’ appropriately enough, as one of Apollo’s ‘Best Books You’ve Never Read‘ and knew I simply had to take up the implied challenge  – not only am I simply incapable of resisting such a tag-line, … Continue reading

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The first Brexit novel, two years on: ‘Autumn’ by Ali Smith

‘Autumn’ came out in 2016, heralded as the first post-Brexit novel.  I’m afraid I didn’t read it then; at the time, literature was a rare refuge from current events and I wasn’t going to let politics intrude, even for Ali … Continue reading

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Smart, sharp and profound: ‘How the Light Gets In’ by Clare Fisher

There really is no excuse for how long it’s taken me to get round to writing about Fisher’s short story collection.  The delay is certainly not because of any doubt on my part that this book should be raved about and … Continue reading

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