Category Archives: Fiction

Presence of City, Absence of Character

  Elif Shafak is a Turkish author, minority rights activist, and public speaker. Her latest novel 10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in this Strange World has recently been published. It has also been shortlisted for the Booker Prize and, ironically, is

Presence of City, Absence of Character

  Elif Shafak is a Turkish author, minority rights activist, and public speaker. Her latest novel 10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in this Strange World has recently been published. It has also been shortlisted for the Booker Prize and, ironically, is

Fabricated Love

  Stephanie Wood’s Fake is a deeply disturbing and very candid account of her romantic relationship with Joe, a retired architect who now leads the ‘simple life’ alongside his loyal kelpie – or so she initially thinks. At a glance,

Fabricated Love

  Stephanie Wood’s Fake is a deeply disturbing and very candid account of her romantic relationship with Joe, a retired architect who now leads the ‘simple life’ alongside his loyal kelpie – or so she initially thinks. At a glance,

King’s Return Is Familiar But Satisfying

After more than 60 books, novellas and countless short stories, one might wonder if Stephen King still has that je-ne-sais-quoi when it comes to telling an enthralling story. Yes, he still has it. Stephen King is frequently pigeon-holed as a

King’s Return Is Familiar But Satisfying

After more than 60 books, novellas and countless short stories, one might wonder if Stephen King still has that je-ne-sais-quoi when it comes to telling an enthralling story. Yes, he still has it. Stephen King is frequently pigeon-holed as a

Feature: Julian Gough – Shredding Nets

  I’ve been familiar with Julian Gough’s work since the late 1980s; however, when I started reading his newest novel, Connect, it was not what I expected – not at all. In the late 80s, Gough was a student at

Feature: Julian Gough – Shredding Nets

  I’ve been familiar with Julian Gough’s work since the late 1980s; however, when I started reading his newest novel, Connect, it was not what I expected – not at all. In the late 80s, Gough was a student at

Nobody Is Ever Missing

This is a brilliant book that I read in two long stretches, as I got so engrossed in the poetic streams of consciousness that Lacey has written. The protagonist of this book, Elyria, is a 28 year old soap opera

Nobody Is Ever Missing

This is a brilliant book that I read in two long stretches, as I got so engrossed in the poetic streams of consciousness that Lacey has written. The protagonist of this book, Elyria, is a 28 year old soap opera

Dermot Healy: Fighting with Shadows; Collected Short Stories

    The recent re-publication of Dermot Healy’s first novel, as well as a collection, for the first time, of all his short stories – both by Dalkey Archive – make a suitable tribute to the author, who passed away

Dermot Healy: Fighting with Shadows; Collected Short Stories

    The recent re-publication of Dermot Healy’s first novel, as well as a collection, for the first time, of all his short stories – both by Dalkey Archive – make a suitable tribute to the author, who passed away

Folding & Unfolding a City

Having visited Japan several times before, I tend to think of the capital, Tokyo, as an origami (折り紙) work. From a distance, she is elegant; on closer inspection, opaque and even impenetrable. Yet, it is only when one ventures to

Folding & Unfolding a City

Having visited Japan several times before, I tend to think of the capital, Tokyo, as an origami (折り紙) work. From a distance, she is elegant; on closer inspection, opaque and even impenetrable. Yet, it is only when one ventures to

The Miniaturist

Like Henrik Ibsen’s Nora Helmer, Petronella Oortman appears to be living the dolls’ house life at the start of Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist. It is 1686, and 18-years old Petronella has just been married off to the older and much

The Miniaturist

Like Henrik Ibsen’s Nora Helmer, Petronella Oortman appears to be living the dolls’ house life at the start of Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist. It is 1686, and 18-years old Petronella has just been married off to the older and much

Bamboo Heart by Ann Bennett

Ann Bennett’s Bamboo Heart begins with Tom Ellis, a captive of the Japanese working on the Death Railway in 1943, in solitary confinement. It is in these opening pages and the narrow confines of his pit prison that we learn

Bamboo Heart by Ann Bennett

Ann Bennett’s Bamboo Heart begins with Tom Ellis, a captive of the Japanese working on the Death Railway in 1943, in solitary confinement. It is in these opening pages and the narrow confines of his pit prison that we learn

Why you should read: John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row

I was recently introduced to Cannery Row at a book club. As the only non-white person there, and coincidentally of Chinese descent, I was very curious about my fellow readers’ thoughts on the two Chinese characters in the book –

Why you should read: John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row

I was recently introduced to Cannery Row at a book club. As the only non-white person there, and coincidentally of Chinese descent, I was very curious about my fellow readers’ thoughts on the two Chinese characters in the book –