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BOOK REVIEW: Instructions for a Funeral by David Means

Acclaim follows David Means. Nominated for a Man Booker [for his novel ‘Hystopia’] and with four short story collections already under his belt, Means has been compared to Alice Munro and Raymond Carver. Illustrious company indeed. His fifth short story collection is Instructions for a Funeral. To draw comparison to Carver for a moment, what

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BOOK REVIEW: The Inner Room by Robert Aickman

I’ve been a fan of Robert Aickman for a number of years now after I was introduced to his work at university. And I’ve often returned to his stories at random moments, my subconscious usually looking for something a little bit off kilter. To read something weird. That is Aickman’s forte. ‘The Inner Room’ is

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BOOK REVIEW: Paradise by Edna O’Brien

There is a consistence sense of rootlessness and exploration in Edna O’Brien’s short story ‘Paradise’. Though I confess I have not read any of her other work before [this will soon change], in researching the piece, and from my own thoughts, ‘Paradise’ is a moment of transition for the writer – she takes herself from

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BOOK REVIEW: Come Rain or Come Shine by Kazuno Ishiguro

An accomplished writer, of that there is no doubt, Kazuo Ishiguro’s short story ‘Come Rain or Come Shine’ is a piece that speaks differently than his other work. It’s not the dystopian fiction of ‘Never Let Me Go’ nor is it quite like his 1989 novel ‘The Remains of the Day’. Here he branches into

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BOOK REVIEW: Mary Ventura And The Ninth Kingdom by Sylvia Plath

How brilliant it is to get to review a book about a train journey, whilst on the train journey. Though I do hope my journey’s ending isn’t as unsettling as the one in Mary Ventura and the 9th Kingdom.  As I type, I notice with mounting horror that the person next to me is repeatedly

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BOOK REVIEW: Dante and the Lobster by Samuel Beckett

I just read Dante and the Lobster over coffee and an unnecessarily large amount of mini flapjacks. Now that I’m nicely buzzed on caffeine and sugar I won’t hold off telling you how brilliant it is. I might even insist that you read it, READ IT NOW. It is delightful. Lighthearted in its tone, and

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BOOK REVIEW: Mr Salary by Sally Rooney

So, this year Faber are turning ninety years old and don’t they look good for it! To celebrate their ninetieth year Faber are releasing a landmark series of individual volumes in stunning paperbacks, showcasing some of the masters of the short story form within a range of varying styles and genres. So, dust off your

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BEST BOOKS: Emily Harrison’s Best Books Read in 2018

We asked Emily Harrison one of our STORGY Reviewers what her best books of 2018 were and below are her findings… 2018 has been a year full of words – I’ve started [finally] writing and submitting my work, but I’ve also started reading more [which is odd considering I did an English degree for three

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BOOK REVIEW: Madame Zero by Sarah Hall

Sarah Hall knows how to unsettle. She knows how to write the eerie and construct the magnetic – prose that pulls you and begs to be read. She knows too, how to disturb, and of the nine stories in Madame Zero, perhaps disturb is the best way to describe them. Each have elements of the

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BOOK REVIEW: Infidelities by Kirsty Gunn

From the metafictional introduction, we know from the start that we are in the hands of an assured writer, one who has completed their apprenticeship and is now in the process of completing the books she will be known for. That this book won the Edge Hill prize is no guarantee of quality, but it’s

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