Tag: Women Writer

Table Manners by Susmita Bhattacharya

Table Manners is an insatiably wrought collection of unflinching short stories from a writer who is telling the world how it is, and is unapologetic in her approach. It’s fierce writing, whilst also being poignant, but the overall feeling that I get from Bhattacharya is that she is fearless in her writing, and this is

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Normal People by Sally Rooney

I can’t remember the first moment Sally Rooney came onto my radar. One minute, I knew nothing about her. The next, I was hearing her name everywhere. As soon as I picked up Normal People, I realised Rooney was the author I didn’t know I needed. If she isn’t yet on your radar, she should

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VOX by Christina Dalcher

To truly capture the essence of this book, I am going to write a review of only 100 words: As relevant and terrifying as The Handmaid’s Tale, Vox is a dystopic nightmare brought to startling reality. With a focus on language and social interaction, Dalcher manages to perfectly convey a chilling atmosphere of fear, oppression, hatred and silence

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BOOK REVIEW: Jutland by Lucie McKnight Hardy

There is a time in your life when you are in exactly the right place, at exactly the right time, reading a story you were supposed to be reading. Jutland by Lucie McKnight Hardy was simply that story, at that time, in that place. The stars seemed to have aligned and well, the power of

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BOOK REVIEW: An Elegy for Easterly by Petina Gappah

Quite often there are times when I feel lucky that I got to read a certain story. Maybe once or twice a month, I read something that makes pause, perhaps not in awe, but in true appreciation of another’s work. ‘An Elegy for Easterly’ by Petina Gappah is that story. I confess I’ve yet to

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BOOK REVIEW: The Wrong Heaven by Amy Bonnaffons

With her debut short story collection, Amy Bonnaffons gives us modern day magical realism complete with inquisitive, hopeful 21stcentury female characters in The Wrong Heaven. Compared to the literary powerhouses George Saunders (on more than one occasion) and Alissa Nutting, Bonnaffons’ writing is funny, sometimes goofy and incredibly inventive. These short stories mostly address young

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BOOK REVIEW: The Killer In Me by Olivia Kiernan

You only need to look at the cover of this book to know it’s going to be a dark, gritty thriller.  Set in Ireland, it has two stories running simultaneously. We start with a 17 year old crime.  Sean Hennessey has just been released from prison after serving time for murdering his parents and attempting

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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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