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: 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