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Wed, 12 Jun 2019 16:31:31 +0000

Click here to read my review in the Irish Times of Diana Evans’ Women’s Prize-shortlisted, Rathbones Folio Prize-shortlisted, Orwell Prize for Political Fiction-shortlisted (phew) novel Ordinary People.

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Sat, 08 Jun 2019 20:08:46 +0000
Diana Evans: Ordinary People

I wrote a piece for the Penguin Classics website on Territory of Light, which was probably my favourite book of last year. Click here to read it.

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Thu, 28 Mar 2019 07:14:33 +0000
Territory of Light—revisited

Click here to read my review in The Guardian of the Man Booker International Prize-longlisted novel The Pine Islands, by Marion Poschmann (tr. Jen Calleja).

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Thu, 28 Feb 2019 18:30:49 +0000
Marion Poschmann: The Pine Islands

Click here to read my review in The Spectator of Ahmet Altan’s memoir/essays from prison, I Will Never See the World Again.

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Wed, 13 Feb 2019 08:20:20 +0000
Ahmet Altan: I Will Never See the World Again

Click here to read my reviews in the Irish Times of the first UK publications of Gerald Murnane’s first novel Tamarisk Row, and his last, Border Districts.

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Sat, 05 Jan 2019 12:34:48 +0000
Gerald Murnane: Tamarisk Row / Border Districts

Click here to read my review in the Guardian of Fiona Benson’s new poetry collection, which I expect to be one of the most praised and talked-about of the year.

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Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:42:59 +0000
Fiona Benson: Vertigo & Ghost

Click here to read, just in time for last-minute present-buying for bookish friends, my review in The Spectator of The Penguin Classics Book, a beautiful, sumptuous, detailed and shaming history and catalogue of perhaps the only classics publisher in the UK that is a genuine household name.

The Penguin Classics Book

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Sat, 24 Nov 2018 08:34:16 +0000
Henry Eliot (ed.): The Penguin Classics Book

Click here to read my Irish Times review of two new Lucia Berlin books: Evening in Paradise (more stories, following from A Manual for Cleaning Women) and the memoir/photos/letters collected as Welcome Home.

image by @CamillaElworthy on Twitter

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Fri, 02 Nov 2018 18:12:30 +0000
Lucia Berlin: Evening in Paradise / Welcome Home

If you’re squeamish, close your eyes now. Click here to read my paperback review of Mariana Enriquez’s very disturbing but compelling collection of stories. (You can open them again.)


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Sat, 20 Oct 2018 18:46:02 +0000
Mariana Enriquez: Things We Lost in the Fire

Click here to read my short review, in The Guardian, of Roland Buti’s engaging and surprising coming-of-age novel.

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Roland Buti: Year of the Drought
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