Book Reviews

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit Jeanette Winterson Winterson’s debut novel has a brilliant title, poise and the unfettered wonder of writing that seeks its own future as it unfurls. The tumbling narrative is compulsive, juggling active questions like lit torches in the reader’s mind. Is the reason for existence simply to provide opportunities for […]

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Angel

Angel Elizabeth Taylor This book’s allure is powerful, disturbing and surprising, just like its heroine. But unlike the protagonist Angel Deverell the writing is filled with a sense of humour and is deliciously spiced with irony. An unsuspecting reader might at times find themselves in sympathy with this disastrously unaware novelist whose fortune rests on […]

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Waverley

Waverley Sir Walter Scott Anonymously published in 1814 Waverley became an astounding success. While Scott toured the lighthouses of the Northern Isles his book was being avidly consumed by a reading public whose appetite for historical fiction would grow and grow. The birth of a genre is not without it pains and Waverley at over […]

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The Book of Blood, Vicki Feaver

The Book of Blood Vicki Feaver This collection of poems draws the reader ever inwards. Fever’s dexterity at handling topics and mood, and her skill in creating voices that are nuanced and truthful is enviable and inspiring. The style is unpretentious and accessible, not one over-burdened with references or obscured by technique. The reader explores […]

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Independent People, Halldór Laxness

Independent People Haldòr Laxness The miserly cast of a flock of worm-ridden sheep and a handful of souls in a remote Icelandic valley seems hardly the fodder for an epic tale – yet Laxness delivers to the reader the complexities of human psychology and the economic, political fortunes of nation states. These facets are all […]

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