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