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
“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 also 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
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.
Sam, a war photographer infamous for her curious photographs of the dead, checks into Hotel Arcadia after an assignment to wind down, only for the war to turn the tables and come to her instead. Terrorists attack the hotel, taking hostages and killing many of the guests. What Sam initially views as another assignment to capture, turns into…Read More
I didn’t quite want to do a post on this one because it is one of those books I feel went slightly over my head, but I made myself a goal to blog more than once a month so here it is. I recently read this as research for my ever-fluctuating dissertation, and I’m actually pretty…Read More
I finally finished reading A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe. Got a bit sidetracked going away on a mini holiday, then coming back, being ill and other things have kept me occupied. But yesterday evening, I made myself sit down for 2 hours and finish all that was left of the book. I must admit…Read More
The London Train takes the reader on two separate journeys that parallel each other. The novel is split in two halves, portraying the lives of Paul and Cora, who are linked only by their affair together. In the first part of the novel the narrative follows Paul’s life: a middle-aged writer whose mother has just died.…Read More