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'Travelling in a Strange Land' David Park

Sometimes, I think you can tell the mettle of a writer not by the first lines of their novels but the last. Take Zadie Smith’s ‘Swing Time’ (not her best novel, of course, but no one can doubt her talent) ending, as it does, with a vision of hope, survival and the pure, euphoric joy of love, music and dancing: 717 more words

Ali Smith

This week's book haul

I’ve managed to pick up some wonderful publications over the last couple of weeks, starting with ‘Travelling in a Strange Land’ by David Park. I’d never heard of Park before, but the cover of this slender novel (why do slender novels appeal now more than they ever did? 334 more words

Barbara Pym

No 576 The Light of Amsterdam by David Park

She liked the trams, the way they surreptitiously pushed you up against the mystery of other people’s lives.

David Park’s subtle and thoughtful eighth novel surreptitiously pushes the reader up against the mystery of other people’s lives, in this case the lives of three middle-aged people – Karen, Alan and Marion – who are travelling from Belfast to Amsterdam in December 2005, all hoping that this weekend away will allay the fears that are encroaching on their lives.

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Psycho Games 20: The Condemned

I wanted to try something different and new with this chapter. It’s easy to follow the status quo, and only write predictable events, that are in line with the general plan for the story. 191 more words

Comic Update

Once Not Enough for Family Belfast Adventure

Apparently 205 days overseas in 2017 wasn’t quite enough of an adventure for my family, because here we are back in Belfast.

Declan and I have returned for a little over a week, while Marilynn is here for much longer, researching her new book on the literary responses to the peace process in Northern Ireland. 687 more words

Belfast Living

Standing Couple

Hey guys! This past week in my Painting class we were working on studying a piece by David Park, called “Standing Couple”. I decided to take this as a chance to study my color making. 391 more words

Where Creativity Works

Wives of Poets & Beards of Poets

I picked this novel up because of the title: ‘The Poet’s Wives’ (2014). I was interested in the assumption in the wives part of it. 1,023 more words