Book review: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

  Most classic coming-of-age stories - Jane Eyre, for instance, or Great Expectations - follow a protagonist as they come to explore their place in the world. Mistakes are made, lessons learnt. By the end of the narrative, good and evil are no longer as clear-cut as the protagonist once thought. In order to grow up, a … Continue reading Book review: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

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Book review: The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips

Imagine a hot, humid, endless summer, where job opportunities are scarce and the future looks rather bleak. It's difficult, I know. But, if you like your fiction seasonal, topical, and just that little bit weird, Helen Phillips' The Beautiful Bureaucrat, about a young woman who takes a mindless admin job in a soul-crushing office building, might just … Continue reading Book review: The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips

Book review: How The Light Gets In by Clare Fisher

Between light and darkness, what is there? According to Clare Fisher, just about everything. How The Light Gets In is Fisher's first short story collection, following her 2017 debut novel All the Good Things. It was published earlier this month by one of my favourite indies, Influx Press, who you may recall as being the publishers of … Continue reading Book review: How The Light Gets In by Clare Fisher