‘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

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‘A Pale View of Hills’ by Kazuo Ishiguro

Etsuko’s daughter, Keiko, has committed suicide. As she attempts to come to terms with this tragic event, Etsuko finds herself increasingly drawn into the past, to her old life in Japan, and in particular to one hot Nagasaki summer when she was newly married to her first husband, and befriended a strange woman named Sachiko…… Continue reading ‘A Pale View of Hills’ by Kazuo Ishiguro

‘The Driver’s Seat’ by Muriel Spark

I had the misfortune of reading this book already knowing its ending. I came across a discussion of it a few years ago while I was researching my PhD, and it sounded so strange and discomfiting that it has always lingered in the back of my mind. I’m really pleased that I’ve finally had the… Continue reading ‘The Driver’s Seat’ by Muriel Spark

‘The Wind off the Small Isles’ by Mary Stewart

PA Perdita is accompanying her employer, bestselling children’s novelist Cora Gresham, on a fact-finding trip to the Canary Islands. When driving through Lanzarote, they stumble across a house which Cora takes an instant shine to, and decides she wants to buy. Unfortunately, it transpires, the house is already owned by critically acclaimed playwright James Blair,… Continue reading ‘The Wind off the Small Isles’ by Mary Stewart