It is not a good idea at 5am on a Sunday morning to begin browsing the Net Galley catalogue of titles available for review. Of course that only became apparent a few weeks later when the request approvals began coming through and I realised a) how many I had requested b) how much reading I would need to do between now and mid November. 763 more words
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Completely Dissimilar: Edna O'Brien's The Love Object: Selected Stories, & Dodie Smith's The New Moon With the Old
I used to love writing “Mirabile Does Middlebrow” posts.
They were fun and no pressure, short columns in which I bunched together five or six books. 1,311 more words
Nothing is sacred in contemporary fiction! That’s the lesson taught by the best books (so far) of 2015. From high-comedic novels that challenge race, class, and gender lines to short stories that lunge at the borders of literary form, from re-imaginations of literary classics set among immigrant communities to reinventions of autobiography — in a few short months, the fiction of 2015 has thrived on iconoclasm. 1,215 more words
Reading The Country Girls today, it’s hard to imagine the outrage and scandal it generated when published in 1960. Criticised, banned and even burned, The Country Girls, with it’s tale of convent girls growing up in a small village in Ireland is often credited with opening up the discussion of social and sexual life from the viewpoint of women. 880 more words