‘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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‘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

‘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 Birds and Other Stories’ by Daphne du Maurier

This week, I am thrilled to be featured in 2 Elizabeths, a new and exciting online literary magazine. You can read the review of Daphne du Maurier's The Birds and Other Stories which I wrote for them here.

‘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