What will you do, God, when I die? When I, your pitcher, broken, lie? When I, your drink, go stale or dry? I am your garb, the trade you ply, you lose your meaning, losing me. – RM Rilke, Poems from the Book of Hours It’s no secret that I’m a massive Neil Gaiman fan –… Continue reading Divine Origins: American Gods by Neil Gaiman
I have not read a lot of fiction in translation, which is not something I am proud of. I am sure I have missed out on a swathe of incredible books because my eye has inadvertently been drawn to contemporary British fiction written in English. My recent reading list has tried to encompass more of… Continue reading Raw: The Vegetarian by Han Kang
JK Rowling will always hold a special place in the hearts of millions of people for her depiction of the wizarding world and its wonderful characters in seven Harry Potter books, and multiple spin-offs. She has a familiar style that embraces her readers in a feeling of security and safety; you know what you’re getting… Continue reading Secrets of a small town: The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling
I seem to have been lucky enough to discover a wealth of new books recently – a number of the books that I have borrowed from my local library have been published in the last year, and even this year! I enjoy getting my hands on brand new fiction; there’s a sense of privilege that… Continue reading More than a murder mystery: Little Deaths by Emma Flint
‘They all broke the rules. They all crossed into forbidden territory. They all tampered with the laws that lay down who should be loved and how. And how much. […] It was a time when the unthinkable became thinkable and the impossible really happened.’ Every once in a while, you’ll read a book that stuns… Continue reading ‘Love. Madness. Hope. Infinite Joy.’: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
I’ve just finished re-reading this superb, yet chilling, novel by Margaret Atwood, and it’s left me with a whirling mass of thoughts and ideas. I first read The Handmaid’s Tale a few years ago when I was studying for my A Levels in college, and I remember feeling almost overwhelmed by the power of the… Continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale: A novel for our times?
My first read of 2017 was one that has been on my list for a few months. Grief is the Thing with Feathers is Max Porter’s first novel, which is why it seemed fitting to kick off the new year with. However, any preconceptions I’d had about it were scattered to the wind as soon… Continue reading Life, death and everything in between: Grief is the Thing With Feathers by Max Porter