A while back, I attempted to compile a list of Welsh BME writers to read on Twitter. Since then, I’ve sat on this for months, thinking and then overthinking it; “is this necessary? Are you really going to be that person? How will people respond?” Yet every now and then, I’m reminded of this little project of…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
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
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
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:
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.
I’ve been so quiet on here because (a) I started a new job (b) A crap load of exciting life things happened like graduating (c) I reached out to Wales Arts Review about working with them and writing book reviews and they let me! So below is a link to the book review that I did…Read More