Category: books

BOOK REVIEW: Bank Holiday Hurricane by Kelly Creighton

The Irish have always been better than anyone else at the short story, a list of forebears of which Mary Lavin, Frank O’Connor and John McGahern are but the tip of the iceberg. Nowadays Nuala O’Connor, Colin Barrett and Kevin Barry are among those flying the flag for the form. Though the small print of

Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: The Fountain in the Forest by Tony White

The Fountain in the Forest is a mystery built on mysteries. First, there is the question of the corpse found strung from the rigging of a West-end theatre. Next, there is Detective-Sergeant Rex King, the policeman with the sketchy past. Lastly, and perhaps most surprisingly, there are the words in bold scattered across each chapter,

Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: Fog Lane by Neil Campbell

If you’ve ever thought your memory was getting a little foggy, it’s about to get a whole lot more so. Fog Lane is a collection of, in author Neil Campbell’s words, ‘stories about memory’, or lack of it. According to his introduction, Campbell personally dislikes the term ‘flash fiction’. However, having read this collection, I’d

Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: Women by Chloe Caldwell

Women is a novella exploring sexual confusion, female friendship, being a woman, and being a daughter. The book is an urgent recall of heartbreak, a stark portrait of an identity in crisis. Chloe Caldwell delivers a deliciously written novella in the shape of ‘Women’ the prose is tight and works well at opening the reader

Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: Jaws by Peter Benchley

To mark the 70th anniversary of Pan paperbacks, twenty classic Pan titles are being re-issued in homage to the golden age of paperback publishing and with new cover designs in brilliant technicolour. Peter Benchley is one of my favourite authors of all time. His books explore the world around us; with many featuring the sea

Continue reading

FILM REVIEW: Annihilation

Annihilation is the second big screen directorial endeavour from Alex Garland, who made a name for himself initially by writing The Beach, which was closely followed by The Tesseract. He then began working on a number of Hollywood scripts including 28 days later, Sunshine and a personal favourite of mine, Dredd. In 2015 he dipped his directorial toes into the film

Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: Never Greener by Ruth Jones

The past has a habit of tracking us down. And tripping us up. When Kate was twenty-two, she had an intense and passionate affair with a married man, Callum, which ended in heartbreak. Kate thought she’d never get over it. Seventeen years later, life has moved on – Kate, now a successful actress, is living

Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: Queen of the Struggle by Nik Korpon

In Nik Korpon’s Queen of the Struggle, the follow-up to The Rebellion’s Last Traitor, we are faced wondering what happens if your life is only about rebellion. After you spent your whole life fighting against tyranny to free a city, can you really go back to being a normal person? And what do you do

Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy

In its allusion to A Portrait of a Writer as a Young Man, the title of Meena Kandasamy’s second book reflects Joyce’s tale in which a fictional alter ego searches for his identity in late-nineteenth century Dublin. Similarly, in When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife, Kandasamy describes

Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: The Rebellion’s Last Traitor by Nik Korpon

After ten years of fighting a brutal regime, rebel Henraek finds himself labeled a traitor while working for the enemy as a memory thief. In Nik Korpon’s The Rebellion’s Last Traitor, we enter a future world where memories are sold as drugs, rebels join the enemy, and the people you grew up with aren’t who

Continue reading