Category Fiction

Warning: it’s a long one

I wanted to write up one of the many books I’ve been reading, rather than just do a brief overview of a few books, but I came up against a bit of a problem. Not just that I’m a bit stuck with how to write at the moment, but because none of the books I’ve […]

In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne

I went to school in South West London, and right next to the school was an estate called the Lennox. As a group of buildings, it wasn’t particularly imposing – they weren’t high rises, but it was enclosed and labyrinthine, seemingly shut off from the rest of the world. It was concrete, grey, with patches […]

Ordinary people by Diana Evans

There are a few of my friends who have kids, who aren’t married. It’s not a thing, that they’re not married, but every now and again, usually over drinks, the subject of them getting married comes up. It often involves other (usually married) people exhorting those who are unmarried, to get married, usually with the […]

The Long Forgotten by David Whitehouse

I told some friends about The Long Forgotten the other day. I said that I’d just finished a book about someone going on a mission to find the rarest flowers in the world. They told me, in no uncertain terms, that it sounded shit. They are all philistines. I had to agree though, it’s not […]

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

I consider the fact that I’m still friends with people who I’ve known since I was a teenager (and beyond), to be a good thing. The plus points are obvious – being able to be rude to each other and convince yourself it doesn’t matter, to get drunk together and regale anyone who’ll listen with […]

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

There is nothing in this book which I can relate my life to. I am not a young American girl, living in New York, with a gangster father and otherwise difficult living conditions, nor have I ever been anywhere close to that. I am not living through WWII and I have never had ambitions to be […]

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

I seem to have spent quite a lot of my time recently, reading books about the future. One of those reads was The Power by Naomi Alderton, which I’m not going to review on here, it’s had so much coverage already – all I would say is that the ending made it for me (which […]

A Cat, a Man and two Women by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

A while ago, I stopped watching the news. Also, I sort of stopped reading newspapers (although I always read First News, the brilliant newspaper for kids, which we get for our two, so they have some idea of what’s going on in the world without having to soak up all the shit that adult media […]

I love you too much by Alicia Drake

Bloody hell, being a teenager is hard isn’t it. I remember it so well – the agony of indecision, the lack of knowledge about who the actual fuck I actually was and what was I meant to be doing. Luckily for me, I grew up in an environment which was fairly (mostly) supportive about my […]

The Queens Gambit by Walter Tevis

Usually, my main focus when I read is to enjoy it, but that doesn’t mean those books can’t be educational, or enlightening. If nothing else, they are often about the human condition and that has been good enough for me on many an occasion. Recently I’ve read a book about how to survive in the […]