Towards the end of the final story of "Tiger Palace", the final story in Kirsty Logan's debut collection, an empress finds herself in a state of confusion after a night of love with a female traveller: She wants this to be their story - the press of mouth on mouth, the touch of skin - … Continue reading Book review: The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales by Kirsty Logan
I love a good short story. In recent years my bookshelf has become home to dozens of short story collections, a few of which I have reviewed for this blog. Yet, while I enjoy reading conventionally published short story books, and occasionally sit down to read stories published in The Tangerine and Mslexia, two print magazines … Continue reading Short story round-up: online fiction I’ve enjoyed recently
If Christmas is the time for giving, January is the time for treating myself. I buy books for most of my friends and family every December, which typically results in me accumulating a generous amount of Waterstones loyalty points that I can use to cheer myself up during those first few gloomy weeks of the new … Continue reading January 2018 book haul
I've toyed with the idea of writing this review for quite a while now. Know Your Place was a challenging read for me; I typically couldn't read more than one or two of the essays in this collection in a single sitting, for reasons I explain below. Nevertheless, it is an excellent book, and one that deserves … Continue reading Book review: Know Your Place, ed. Nathan Connolly
A profile of one of my favourite British independent publishers: Salt Publishing.
Last summer, I compiled a list of the books I was looking forward to reading before the end of the year. That post turned out doubly successful for me: not only did I end up reading all my chosen books, but they all turned out to be favourites of mine. In the hope of replicating … Continue reading Anticipated reads, January-June 2018
Since my last book haul post covered October and early November, I thought I would hold off on this one until the end of December to make sure I had plenty to talk about. In other words, I wanted to wait and see what Santa might have brought me. That didn't stop me picking up a … Continue reading November and December 2017 book haul