Constellation of Genius: Agatha Christie’s THE SECRET ADVERSARY

Given how well read I like to think I am, it may come as a shock to some to hear that I’ve never once wandered the literary landscape of Agatha Christie (Gasp! Horror!). Sure, I know well enough of her literary output but I’ve never read any of her … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: The Birth Machine by Elizabeth Baines

In a Nutshell: A good novel but one, due to the subject matter, that is probably best appreciated by a female audience. Some willpower is needed to stick both with the complexity of an ever increasingly abstract narrative, and a ceaseless bombardment … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: Kapitoil by Teddy Wayne

In a Nutshell: A very readable novel made all the more enjoyable by the presence of a wonderfully crafted main character. If you think this novel is all about corporations and oil then think again. It’s so much more than that. Highly recommended! … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: A Life Apart by Neel Mukherjee

In a Nutshell: Despite suffering slightly from being overambitious in its scope, this is a stunning debut novel from Neel Mukherjee - one which throbs with poetic and cultural resonance. And so I’ve come to the end of what has been something of a … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: All That I Have by Castle Freeman

In a Nutshell: Although All That I Have won’t win any prizes for being an all-out action-packed thrillfest any time soon, it stands out as being a very well written crime thriller which comes with delicious literary undertones and a delightful … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: Soothing Music for Stray Cats by Jayne Joso

In a Nutshell: Soothing Music for Stray Cats turns out to be an absolute gem of a novel. Fresh, invigorating, engaging - and coming with one of the most triumphantly realised characters out there - Joso’s novel stands as a prime example of why … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: Bequest by Anna Shevchenko

In a Nutshell: The prospect of reading a thriller based upon the musty files of a Soviet archive may not sound too enthralling, but Bequest ends up being a sophisticated and clever debut novel, from an equally sophisticated and clever writer. Well … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: ‘Killer’ by Dave Zeltserman

In a Nutshell: Superbly written with a real twist in the tale, Killer is a novel which will appeal to lovers of crime fiction and the general readers alike. As a reader who usually ‘crosses the road’ to get away from crime fiction, Zeltserman has … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: The China Bird by Bryony Doran

In a Nutshell: Doran’s The China Bird is a real triumph, a literary classic which should be, and must be, eagerly consumed by readers of all tastes. If you've been following my reading journal over the past couple of weeks then you would have seen … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: Song for Night by Chris Abani

In a Nutshell: Song for Night offers a vivid and powerful impression of what it may be like to wander a veritable ‘Hell on Earth’, in an African civil war that's left little for salvation. The main character’s ‘visionary interludes’ can make things … [Read more...]