How You Might Know Me by Sabrina Mahfouz How You Might Know Me is a result of years of creative writing workshops with women from the UK’s growing sex industry and Sabrina Mahfouz’s own experiences. It is told through four characters: Sylvia, Tali, Sharifa and Darina, who each use the poetic form to tell their…Read More
We’re not going to talk about my lack of keeping up with my Monthly Reads project. Nope. Not at all. But this is a form of/somewhat continuation of that. So here are the two important books I read in September and why I think you should read them, too. The Good Immigrant, ed. by Nikesh Shula…Read More
Published this month, The Elephant’s Foot is M. A. Oliver Semenov’s (Mao) “first and maybe final” poetry collection, filled with the vibrancy and poignancy of life. With poems that depict childhood memories of the narrator’s mother, to Skyping family on birthdays and Christmases, it provokes feelings of nostalgia through distance and time. It explores how memories are eternal and…Read More
The Normal State of Mind by Susmita Bhattacharya My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a very quick and generalised review as I read the book a year ago and never got around to reviewing it at the time. While a lot of the detail has filtered out, the key aspects of the book…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
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
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.