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Haunted by a Powerful Novel: Evie Wyld’s “All The Birds, Singing”

With her second novel, writer and bookshop owner Evie Wyld won three awards, the Miles Franklin Award, the Encore Award and the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. Gesa Stedman reviews the powerful and haunting All the Birds, Singing and hopes for more from this talented writer. All the Birds, Singing, will […] Read more

Reader’s Report: Short Reviews of Recent and Not So Recent Novels

Looking for something to read for the holidays? Gesa Stedman reviews a number of books by Aminatta Forna, Taiye Selasi, Edna O’Brien, and Jenny Offill. Jenny Offill’s heartbreaking, brilliant, and formally challenging short novel Dept. of Speculation (Granta Books, 2014) is a disturbing account of what happens to a relationship […] Read more

Derek Walcott Obituary – Unity and Division Created by the Ocean

Derek Walcott has died at the age of 87 on the Caribbean island of St Lucia. He was one of the best-known Caribbean writers, famous for his poetry and his plays. He published about 20 poetry collections and 30 plays and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992 […] Read more

‘Von-derful, darlink‘ – Charlotte Mendelson’s Novel Almost English

Charlotte Mendelson, Almost English. London: Mantle/Picador, 2013. (Paperback: London: Picador, 2014.) In Charlotte Mendelson’s fourth novel, Almost English, protagonist Marina Farkas leaves her Central-European relations with whom she shares a tiny flat in London behind to embark on her sixth-form year at Combe, a minor boarding school which has recently […] Read more

Painstaking Research, But Not Such a Good Read – Sarah Waters The Paying Guests

London 1922. Historical crime fiction. Genteel Mrs Wray and her bored daughter Frances take in lodgers, Lilian and Leonard Barber, because they can no longer manage the upkeep of their London villa without additional financial income. Their routine is disturbed but Frances, who had an affair with a female friend […] Read more