Book Review: Smoke by Dan Vyleta

Smoke by Dan Vyleta conjures up an almost Dickensian London with an original premise of the depiction of sin through smoke being emitted from the body. We join two boys, Charlie and Thomas, with different upbringings at a private boarding school where the students are taught how sinning is evil and the smoke that emits from … Continue reading Book Review: Smoke by Dan Vyleta

Book Review: My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016 Elizabeth Strout's My Name is Lucy Barton is a powerful novel of a woman coming to terms with her less than conventional upbringing. We join Strout's protagonist - Lucy - in hospital where her mother, after years of non-commincation, comes to visit her.  The narrative is told in the … Continue reading Book Review: My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Why You Should Re-Read A Book 

Last week, Julian Barnes wrote about how he viewed EM Forster's A Passage to India quite differently when he re-read it as an adult which has led him to question the "speedy judgement" of his youth. This got me thinking about the benefits of re-reading a book.  I love a good re-read.  The reasons I love revisiting books are: … Continue reading Why You Should Re-Read A Book 

Book Review: The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan

One of the NY Times Top Ten Books of 2016 and finalist of the National Book Award 2016, The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan is a devastating tale of grief. Chapter 0 of Mahajan's book poignantly notes that "A good bombing begins everywhere at once". The wide ranging feat of this book follows this observation.  Whilst … Continue reading Book Review: The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan

Book Review: High Rise by J G Ballard

"Later, as he sat on his balcony eating the dog, Dr Robert Laing reflected on the unusual events that had taken place within this huge apartment building during the previous three months." This, is how JG Ballard's novel begins.  What follows is chaos.  Absolute and utter dystopian chaos. Briefly, the book centres around Dr Robert … Continue reading Book Review: High Rise by J G Ballard