I’ve never really done this, but seeing as I haven’t had the chance to fully promote and talk about the cool stuff that I’ve been writing and doing lately, I thought, why not? So this post will just be some pieces I’ve had published here and there the past couple of months. A wide mixture really; flash…Read More
Due to the reasons mentioned in my May Reads, I didn’t read much in June. I feel like it’s a confession that no self-proclaimed book lover should ever be making so publicly, but to hell with etiquette, propriety and your book snobbery. Yeah, you. In good news, I have half drafted my July/August posts already and have…Read More
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
Language Lessons It started with the books. The ones that they distributed at school. They were hardback, shinier and more colourful than your paperback ones. Their pages were smoother. Your hand slipped across them as your fingers traced words you did not yet understand. You learned by seeing, by making up your own stories about the blonde…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:
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.