I know, I know… Don’t say it. I started a new job, left an old one, and both of those things, while being dependant on each other, actually have separate processes of their own that take up so much energy and mental stress, that I’ve just had to put everything on hold for a while. On…Read More
I should have really started doing this sooner. I used to keep track of what I read in order to have some sort of a list/record of it on Goodreads, but I lost swing of it, sadly. It got too fiddly and another form of a social network account that I had to keep updated.…Read More
A while back, I reviewed Holly Müller’s highly impressive debut novel, My Own Dear Brother, which was published earlier this year by Bloomsbury Publishing. The novel depicts World War 2 but from a new perspective, whereby, instead of telling the story from the Jewish point of view, it tells it from the non-Jewish, Austrian point of…Read More
“Set in 1960s and ‘70s Australia, The Blood on My Hands is the dramatic tale of Shannon O’Leary’s childhood years, growing up with an abusive father, who was a serial killer. No one, not even the authorities, would help O’Leary and her family. The responses of those whom O’Leary and her immediate family reached out to for help…Read More
I reviewed Cardiff-based author, Holly Müller’s debut novel, My Own Dear Brother, for Wales Arts Review. The novel is quite incredible and I’m in awe of it and the author. The research and dedication behind writing this story is evident on the pages and the fact that is has been published by Bloomsbury. I’ll be interviewing Holly next week…Read More
Originally published on Wales Arts Review: “All Harry Selwyn ever did was keep to the slow lane, ease his heart and prepare for the long haul.” 79-year-old runner Harry is preparing for his 50th race, a marathon, and nothing can come in the way of it. There are trousers to be returned that are too short, the…Read More
Note: I wrote this review a year or so ago when I was doing my MA Dissertation and I forgot about it until now. Why publish it now? Because I recently read Deborah Kay Davies’ Reasons She Goes to the Woods (2014), which is another fantastic novel about a young girl, coming of age, and mental health,…Read More
I’m not a resolution maker. My view has always been that you shouldn’t have to wait for the new year to make new resolutions and changes in your life. Instead, they should be made continuously, as and when you feel necessary. After all, you are unhappy with life, not the year. Still, the new year…Read More
Originally published on Wales Arts Review: Between Here and Knitwear by Chrissie Gittins Short stories more often than not present the reader with snapshots of a larger life. Rather than depicting the whole story, they capture moments, while demonstrating the writer’s ability to use language skilfully and economically. Chrissie Gittins’ semi-autobiographical short story collection does just…Read More
Originally published on Wales Arts Review:
After the success of his debut, The Hairdresser of Harare (2010), Tendai Huchu’s second novel, The Maestro, The Magistrate and The Mathematician is a cleverly written, multi-layered narrative about the lives of three Zimbabwean men residing in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is set in the early-to-mid 2000s, with its characters following the political unrest in Zimbabwe under the Mugabe Regime, all the while mapping out new lives in Edinburgh.
The chapters alternatively follow each character’s story; three different novellas are interweaved together. The Magistrate, a middle aged, once well-respected man of law, now trying to adjust to a new life in Edinburgh where his qualifications and titles mean little. While his wife has secured a job, the Magistrate remains without one, straining their relationship, all the while trying to come to terms with a teenage daughter growing up in an alien culture.