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"Empathy Is Also A Natural Human Behaviour": Karen Joy Fowler's "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves"

I read Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves a few weeks before it was longlisted for this Booker Prize; I confess I didn’t think it had much chance of being shortlisted, and said as much to the nice man behind the desk at my local Waterstones who told me he’d drawn the book in the work sweepstake; and yet there it is, shortlisted. 1,641 more words


How to be Both — Ali Smith

I finished How to be Both on a train coming back from London. I spent the final 20 minutes of my journey sitting in silence with the book closed on my lap simply processing what I had read. 354 more words

Man Booker Prize

Disappointingly Dull: We are All Completely Beside Ourselves

We are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Rosemary is starting college and doesn’t want anyone to know about her family. As readers we don’t learn the secret about her family until page 77 and then we follow Rosemary in her quest to reconcile her past. 212 more words

Literature / Fiction

Booker 2014: To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris

The protagonist of Joshua Ferris’s To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is Paul O’Rourke, a New York dentist, with a love for the Boston Red Sox. 516 more words


The Pedant in the Kitchen, by Julian Barnes

To say I have a love-hate relationship with Julian Barnes would be far too strong. But on the spectrum of love to hate, there is a quadrant somewhere towards the centre, in which I repeatedly oscillate between the most extreme parts. 1,893 more words


The Blind Assassin - Review

Margaret Atwood’s novel follows a matriarchy–from grandmother to main character to granddaughter. All three are somewhat unfleshed, in varying and purposeful degrees. The grandmother is a past to aspire to, the granddaughter a longing for the future and the main character, Isis, a distanced third-person view of a self. 350 more words

A.S. Byatt's Possession

Possession is intriguing from the first line, and the title is apt because reading it will have you so enthralled that you will be “possessed,” by it.  642 more words