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Sat, 05 Jan 2019 12:34:48 +0000

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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Wed, 26 Sep 2018 16:43:36 +0000
Roland Buti: Year of the Drought

Click here to read my review of Anna Burns’ Booker-shortlisted novel Milkman, in Literary Review magazine. This is a novel that’s had a lot of praise, on my Twitter timeline at least, so my lukewarm response may show the unconvinced that they’re not alone.


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Sun, 19 Aug 2018 17:50:36 +0000
Anna Burns: Milkman

Click here to read my capsule review in The Guardian of Yoko Tawada’s The Last Children of Tokyo (translated by Margaret Mitsutani).


There wasn’t room in my review to comment on this, but I noticed that the title of the US edition is The Emissary. This seems to me somewhat closer to the original (Kentoshi) and more in keeping with the spirit of the book, whereas the UK title goes for a more eye-catching take on the underlying premise of the plot. I prefer the US version.

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Sat, 19 May 2018 21:49:53 +0000
Yoko Tawada: The Last Children of Tokyo

Click here to read my short Guardian review of Christine Schutt’s collection of Stories Pure Hollywood, which is part of the Year of Publishing Women initiative by & Other Stories.

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Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:51:22 +0000
Christine Schutt: Pure Hollywood

Click here to read my little review in The Guardian of The Little Virtues, Natalia Ginzburg’s collection of essays which has just been reissued by Daunt Books.

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Sat, 14 Apr 2018 10:21:57 +0000
Natalia Ginzburg: The Little Virtues

Click here to read my review in the Irish Times of Yuko Tsushima’s novel Territory of Light, translated by Geraldine Harcourt and published by Penguin Classics.


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Yuko Tsushima: Territory of Light
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