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BOOK REVIEW: The Lydia Steptoe Stories by Djuna Barnes

The theme of sexual awakening and desire has been explored since the dawn of literature; through the works of Nabokov, Flaubert, Shakespeare, Laclos, Sade, Sagan or Colette to name but a few (90% French, I notice, as I type. Maybe we are a sex-obsessed nation after all).  When I found out that Djuna Barnes was

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BOOK REVIEW: The Book of Tehran – Edited by Fereshteh Ahmadi

A new addition to their award-winning Reading the City Series, The Book of Tehran from Comma Press (edited by Fereshteh Ahmadi) is a beautiful, insightful peek into a lesser-explored area of the world and the literature that such a diverse and troubled city can produce. A selection of Iran’s best known writers merge together into

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BOOK REVIEW: The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton

Some writers tell tales of what people do. Tim Winton’s stories mine a deeper seam and play around with the notion of why people do the things they do. From poor Lester Lamb in Winton’s best-known work, Cloudstreet, forever seeking to atone for the accident that damaged his son, Fish; to the enigmatic, haunted Luther

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BOOK REVIEW: Batman: The Court of Owls by Greg Cox

When I received ‘The Court of Owls,’ I was initially sceptic of the book: superheroes like Batman, Superman and the like rarely ever work for me outside what I consider to be their ‘natural’ habitat – that of the comic book panel. Sure, there’s been some artistic discipline in the form of other media channels

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BOOK REVIEW: Sparks – An Adventure in Street Photography by Stephen Leslie

The intersection between literature and photography is a place I like to occupy.  Photos are a catalyst for words, words a catalyst for photos and once converged, the energy within their relationship can be dynamic. Stephen Leslie’s ‘Sparks – An Adventure in Street Photography’ is just that. This startlingly beautiful risk of a book is

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BOOK REVIEW: Sweet Home by Wendy Erskine

I first discovered Wendy Erskine and Sweet Home when it was brought to my attention in the best books of 2018 by Rachael Smart (which you can find here). Once reading her short review of Erskine’s debut collection I couldn’t help myself but to hunt it out and start reading. I have a bit of a

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CROWDFUNDER: Open Pen Is Open And More Importantly Is Open To Me by Fernando Sdrigotti

The first time I bumped into Open Pen was back in 2015, during one of their now mythical summer parties. I don’t remember how I found myself in the Jamboree in Limehouse, watching people deliver words from a small stage in the dark. Someone must have invited me; I might have owed someone a favour; or

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BOOK REVIEW: An Unreliable Guide to London – by various authors

At the start of this year I made a commitment to myself that I was going to do more with supporting Independent Publishers and Authors alike. It’s great working for STORGY and getting sent free books for review – but I wanted to do more, so have been making sure I personally purchase a book

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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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