Book Review: West by Carys Davies

How far must you go in order to come to terms with loss? That is the question posed by Carys Davies' West, as one widower processes his grief by setting out to explore the American frontier in a quest everyone around him agrees is doomed to failure. Regular readers of this blog will know that I … Continue reading Book Review: West by Carys Davies

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Book review: Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

Given the significance of online communication in Conversations with Friends, it is fitting that I won a paperback copy of the book via a Twitter giveaway from publisher Faber & Faber. Conversations with Friends follows 21-year-old student Frances and her relationships: with Bobbi, her best friend and former girlfriend, and with Nick and Melissa, an older couple … Continue reading Book review: Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

Book review: Exit West* by Mohsin Hamid

Timely yet timeless, allegorical yet realistic, Mohsin Hamid's Man Booker-shortlisted Exit West is a stunning and heartbreaking novel that explores the extremes people will go to when faced with two equally life-changing experiences: war and love. Exit West is about Saeed and Nadia, who meet at an evening class on corporate identity and product branding and embark on a … Continue reading Book review: Exit West* by Mohsin Hamid

Book review: The Things We Thought We Knew* by Mahsuda Snaith

How do you move on from the mistakes of your past when those mistakes have left you in constant pain and unable to move? Mahsuda Snaith's debut novel is the first I've come across that features a protagonist living with chronic pain syndrome (CPD). For ten years, Ravine Roy has spent the vast majority of … Continue reading Book review: The Things We Thought We Knew* by Mahsuda Snaith