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Book Review: A Change for the Better by Susan Hill

Book Review: A Change for the Better by Susan Hill

If you're new here, why not subscribe to our email updates or follow us on Facebook? You can also add us to your Google Reader. Thanks for visiting! I picked up Susan Hill’s A Change for the Better from the shelves of the Little Library, a literary free-for-all thanks to which I’ve stumbled across all manner of elderly, fusty little books. The sorts...

Review: My Happy Life by Lydia Millet

Review: My Happy Life by Lydia Millet

I purchased Lydia Millet’s My Happy Life some years ago on the strength of her book Oh Pure and Radiant Heart, which I remember being a tremendous read. I wonder now whether I’d feel the same way upon embarking on a re-read, as I’m deeply ambivalent about My Happy Life, a book that’s so painfully, mawkishly self-conscious that...

Thoughts on The Old Gringo by Carlos Fuentes

Thoughts on The Old Gringo by Carlos Fuentes

(Contains spoilers, but the narrative of this book is circular, so it’s difficult to discuss without them) “And the frontier in here?” the North American had asked, tapping her forehead. “And the frontier in here?” General Arroyo had responded, touching his heart. “There’s one frontier we only dare to cross at...

Review: The Songcatcher by Sharyn McCrumb

Review: The Songcatcher by Sharyn McCrumb

Upon the hill above the kirk at moon rise she did stand To tend her sheep that Samhain eve, with rowan staff in hand. And where she’s been and what she’s seen, no living soul may know And when she’s come back home, she will be changed – oh! I picked up Sharyn McCrumb’s The Songcatcher several years ago when on holiday in...

Book Review: The Sad Truth About Happiness by Anne Giardini

Book Review: The Sad Truth About Happiness by Anne Giardini

There are many kinds of bad novels. There are those that are simply bad for me, those that are deliciously terrible, and those that are merely dull and purposeless, warranting a “why bother?” response. But perhaps the very worst of these is the novel that is disappointing, the novel that has that potential to be so brilliant, but simply is not. Anne...

Possible truths and Helen Dunmore’s Talking to the Dead

Possible truths and Helen Dunmore’s Talking to the Dead

“We hover on the edge of what used to be said, caught up, as we used to be caught in the histories we made up for Rosina and Mandy. They were always changing. That was the best thing about the dolls. If the storyline didn’t work out, we could always erase their pasts…” Increasingly as a reader I’m drawn to unreliable narrators and...

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