Tag Archives: English writers

Girl, Woman, Other — Bernardine Evaristo

Girl, Woman, Other explores black female identities in modern Britain. This doesn’t do the book justice, but it’s the core strand connecting the twelve intersecting characters that Evaristo develops across the book’s twelve chapters. And her development of these characters … Continue reading

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10 Minutes 38 Seconds In This Strange World — Elif Shafak

In 10 Minutes 38 Seconds In This Strange World, Elif Shafak creates a rich cast of characters and uses them to explore themes of trauma, love and friendship. The novel is (for it’s first half) a first person narrative told … Continue reading

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Everything Under — Daisy Johnson

Everything Under was a difficult book to form an opinion of. A re-imagining of the Oedipus story, Johnson follows a lexicographer, Sarah, and her attempt to find her mother who abandoned her as a child. She intertwines this with stories … Continue reading

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Elmet — Fiona Mozley

Elmet is Fiona Mozley’s first novel and it’s gorgeously written. Centered around a reclusive family of three (a father and two children) and told through the eyes of the younger child, Mozley constructs a family whose place in modern society … Continue reading

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Autumn — Ali Smith

Autumn has been hailed as the first post-Brexit novel, with a number of critics claiming it as a masterpiece. Certainly the book is very good, and I am increasingly impressed by Ali Smith’s consistently high quality, but I think “masterpiece” … Continue reading

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The Bottle Factory Outing — Beryl Bainbridge

Let me begin by saying that this is a clever book. It’s filled with the understated prose, closely observed characters and slightly twisted humour that Bainbridge does well. That the book did little for me should not detract from that. … Continue reading

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Hot Milk — Deborah Levy

In Hot Milk, Sofia, our narrator, has abandoned a doctorate in anthropology to care for her mother, Rose, whose legs are failing her. They are visiting a coastal area of southern Spain to attend a clinic run by a Doctor … Continue reading

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