‘History of Wolves’ by Emily Fridlund

I’ve been surprised at the reaction on social media since History of Wolves was shortlisted for the Booker prize. Of course, many people often feel dissatisfied and frustrated with the decisions made by the judging panels of literary awards, but it does strike me that this year is particularly contentious, with many singling-out History of… Continue reading ‘History of Wolves’ by Emily Fridlund

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‘This Must Be the Place’ by Maggie O’Farrell

I have long championed Maggie O'Farrell. I truly believe she is one of our most brilliant yet least celebrated living authors; I find it incomprehensible, for example, that she has never been long-listed (let alone shortlisted) for the Booker Prize. I am certain that, like many female authors, O’Farrell suffers as a result of misogyny. Her… Continue reading ‘This Must Be the Place’ by Maggie O’Farrell

‘My Cousin Rachel’ by Daphne du Maurier

‘For further development of the Rebecca type, this time narrated by a man’ writes Daphne du Maurier in reply to one of her many fan letters, ‘try and get a copy of My Cousin Rachel […] I got a lot out of my system when I wrote this, but what exactly I don’t know!’. Du… Continue reading ‘My Cousin Rachel’ by Daphne du Maurier

‘The Roanoke Girls’ by Amy Engel

When Lane learns that her cousin Allegra is missing, she is forced to return to her family home at Roanoke. As a result, she reflects on the first and last time she came to Roanoke, one eventful summer, twenty years ago. The Roanoke Girls is a trashy novel. And when I say that, please bear… Continue reading ‘The Roanoke Girls’ by Amy Engel

‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte

Mr Lockwood has rented a house on the Yorkshire moors. When he pays a visit to his landlord – a Mr Heathcliff – he is bemused by the man’s unusual household, comprised of his beautiful but beleaguered daughter-in-law, her rough and seemingly illiterate cousin, and an elderly and religiously fanatical servant. When Lockwood is forced… Continue reading ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte

‘My Name is Leon’ by Kit de Waal

Leon loves his baby brother Jake. When their mum gets ill, and can’t get out of bed for days on end, it is Leon who takes care of Jake, who feeds him, cleans him, and cuddles him when he cries. No-one is as good at looking after Jake as Leon is. But when their mum… Continue reading ‘My Name is Leon’ by Kit de Waal

‘White is for Witching’, by Helen Oyeyemi

Miranda Silver is very unhappy. She is also very unwell: she suffers from pica, so is repulsed by food and prefers instead to eat chalk and plastic and metal. Since the death of her mother Lily, she is finding it increasingly difficult to maintain a grasp on reality. Perhaps she just needs to get out… Continue reading ‘White is for Witching’, by Helen Oyeyemi