Book Review: Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors

Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2017 Mirror, Shoulder, Signal is Dorthe Nors' fifth novel.  Translated from the Danish, this story follows a forty year old woman attempting to take control of her life Nors' protagonist, Sonja, seems to be reevaluating her life following a break up.  She wants so badly to pass her driving test … Continue reading Book Review: Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors

Book Review: The Dark Circle by Linda Grant 

It's 1950 and two years into the newly formed NHS.  Gwendoline Downie Memorial Hospital for the Care of Chronic Cases of Tuberculosis originally reserved for the 'middle class or better' sees an onslaught of a new type of patient - a type which shakes up the establishment. Grant takes us through the latter decade of Tuberculoses' (TB) hold on … Continue reading Book Review: The Dark Circle by Linda Grant 

Book Review: First Love by Gwendoline Riley

Shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize For Fiction 2017 First Love by Gwendoline Riley is one difficult read.  Not because it is a lengthy book or in fact because it is particularly complex but rather due to the subject matter the reader is plunged into. Don't let the title fool you - this is not a gushing … Continue reading Book Review: First Love by Gwendoline Riley

Book Review: The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney

'This, like so many of Ryan Cusack's fuck-ups, begins with ecstasy' and boom we are back in Ireland with Lisa McInerney's most complex protagonist from her wonderfully absorbing first novel The Glorious Heresies - winner of last year's Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. The Blood Miracles takes the reader along a gripping tale of love, betrayal, dirty deals and survival. … Continue reading Book Review: The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney