The Illegal Age by Ellen Hinsey, the Autumn 2018 Poetry Book Society choice, is a unique read. A poetic exploration of human atrocity, this collection (or ‘sequence’) pits rationality against the unimaginable with uneasy results. This is not a book that wants to make you feel comfortable. And nor should it be. Advertisements
Chronicling the life of Queen Victoria – Britain’s second longest-reigning monarch – is agargantuan task. To do it with pizzazz and panache, in such a readable way, I would have thought if not impossible, then at least daunting. But still, Lucy Worsley’s latest book, the simply titled Queen Victoria, manages it with ease.
The Republic of Motherhood is a subtly beautiful pamphlet of 15 poems by inimitable Black Country poet Liz Berry. Dealing with entry into motherhood, this pocket-sized treasure trove offers a raw and guttural image of birth – and its jarring, at times isolating, psychological effects.
I picked up a copy of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (henceforth to be referred to as Guernsey) because I felt like it was haunting me. Every time I went in a bookshop it caught my eye, the ad for the new movie adaption (starring Lily James) seemed to forever be… Continue reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
When people think of Jane Austen, they most likely and blamelessly think of beautiful yet prim genteel young women, grand houses, formal balls (just formality in general, perhaps), and a rather soggy Colin Firth coming out of a lake. I might be generalising here, but I think that most casual observers think of Austen… Continue reading Lady Susan by Jane Austen
Everyone has a ‘manual of life’ readily ingrained in their head, instinctively following unspoken rules and unsignposted paths – at least, that’s what Keiko Furukura thinks. What she knows, however, is that she was born without said manual, and has to look to friends and family to figure out what exactly it is that a… Continue reading Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata (translated into English by Ginny Tapley Takemori)