Forethoughts: Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy

As many of you will know already, lit reviewing is a never-ending cycle of read and review, read and review, read and review, and while there are no complaints about that from me (because at the end of the day it's both a thrilling job and a … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy

In a Nutshell: The Secret Lives of People in Love is one of the most deeply absorbing and touching story collections I've ever read. Van Booy has an incredible ability to find beauty and insight in almost anything, and the way in which he turns those … [Read more...]

The Mute Ventriloquist by Simon Van Booy

Title: ''The Mute Ventriloquist' by Simon Van Booy Collection/Anthology?: The Secret Lives of People in Love (Beautiful Books) Date Read: 14 June 2011 Briefly: Childhood friends Drake and Kristine meet up accidentally after years apart. They … [Read more...]

‘The Still But Falling World’ by Simon Van Booy

Title: ''The Still But Falling World' by Simon Van Booy Collection/Anthology?: The Secret Lives of People in Love (Beautiful Books) Date Read: 13 June 2011 Briefly: The narrator reminisces on Morano Calabro, the small Italian village he grew up … [Read more...]

‘Save as Many as You Ruin’ by Simon Van Booy

Title: ''Save as Many as You Ruin" by Simon Van Booy Collection/Anthology?: The Secret Lives of People in Love (Beautiful Books) Date Read: 06 February 2011 Briefly: New York City, and while walking home from the office, Gerard, prompted by the … [Read more...]

What’s Rob reading in January?

With my return to the business of full-time reading and reviewing beginning again tomorrow, I thought I’d open proceedings by giving you all a quick rundown on the literary delights that I’ve set up for myself to read during this first month of the … [Read more...]

Dunking in to the Costa First Novel Award 2010

So, as many of you know I've been absent from the blogging scene for a while. My credibility has hit rock bottom, and I need something juicy not only to kickstart myself back into things again, but to also outwardly demonstrate that my commitment for … [Read more...]

‘Conception’ by Simon Van Booy

Title: 'Conception' by Simon Van Booy Collection/Anthology?: The Secret Lives of People in Love (Beautiful Books) Date Read: 19 September 2010 Briefly: The narrator sits at his kitchen table reminiscing on his life and his marriage to a … [Read more...]

‘Everyday Things’ by Simon Van Booy

Title: 'Everyday Things' by Simon Van Booy Collection/Anthology?: The Secret Lives of People in Love (Beautiful Books) Date Read: 17 September 2010 Briefly: This story follows Thomas as he tries to get through the day while his wife lies in a … [Read more...]

‘Apples’ by Simon Van Booy

Title: 'Apples' by Simon Van Booy Collection/Anthology?: The Secret Lives of People in Love (Beautiful Books) Date Read: 16 September 2010 Briefly: Serge is a shoe repairer in Brooklyn, but like many other people living in the borough he has … [Read more...]