Book review: The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies

The manservant of a railroad baron. The first Chinese-American film star. The witness to a racially motivated murder. A mixed-race man adopting a child from China. These are the four characters whom Peter Ho Davies calls upon to represent 150 years of Chinese-American experience in The Fortunes, a novel that brings to life a history that is … Continue reading Book review: The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies

Book review: Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife by Sam Savage

The English language can be a curious beast. Take the verb 'ruminate,' for instance. In modern usage, it generally refers to the act of thinking over something deeply. To ruminate is to contemplate, to ponder. It also has a second meaning: literally, 'to chew.' Next time, when you're mulling over those deep, important thoughts of … Continue reading Book review: Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife by Sam Savage

Book review: In the Castle of My Skin* by George Lamming

Penguin Books recently republished George Lamming's autobiographical first novel In the Castle of My Skin* as part of a 2017 redesign of their Modern Classics series. I was lucky enough to receive a copy recently and, since I had never heard of the book before, my curiosity was piqued. Set in 1930s Barbados, it's a semi-autobiographical novel … Continue reading Book review: In the Castle of My Skin* by George Lamming

Book review: The Dark Circle by Linda Grant

Shortlisted for The Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction, Linda Grant's The Dark Circle centres on Lennie and Miriam, 18-year-old working-class twins from London, who are struck down with tuberculosis just as their lives seem to be about to begin. After a failed attempt at recovering at home, they are sent to the Gwendo, a state-of-the-art sanatorium. This … Continue reading Book review: The Dark Circle by Linda Grant