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 Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill

Longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize For Fiction 2017 Longlist The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O'Neill is a different kind of love story. One full of passion, seduction, abuse, drugs, prostitution and...clowns. O'Neill's protagonists - Pierrot and Rose - were both born in miraculous circumstances with one abandoned in the snow and the other still-born. … Continue reading Book Review: The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill

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

Book Review: The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

"Europe is moving, slowly, almost blindly, like a sleepwalker, towards catastrophe."  Tremain narrates the feeling of Europe during 1937 - but does this not tug at you just a little? This book first caught my eye when I saw it shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2016.  It is the first of Tremain's works I … Continue reading Book Review: The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain