‘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

‘Girl Meets Boy’ by Ali Smith

‘Let me tell you about when I was a girl, my grandfather says’. Girls meets Boy had me hooked from the first line. An imaginative re-version of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, it follows two sisters as they grapple with life, love, and finding a place to exist in the modern world. This book is joyful, funny, poetic,… Continue reading ‘Girl Meets Boy’ by Ali Smith

‘The Power’ by Naomi Alderman

The Power imagines a world in which teenage girls all over the globe discover that they posses the inexplicable ability to conduct electricity with their bodies. The far-reaching and unpredictable consequences of this change are described from a range of different perspectives in this fast-paced, highly readable, and thought-provoking book. Unavoidably, the novel considers issues… Continue reading ‘The Power’ by Naomi Alderman