Literary Fiction

What an excellent book; a really engrossing read that is brilliantly written. Sometimes it is hard to pinpoint exactly what it is about a novel that makes it so good, and makes you read it in a rush. Just making the reader eager to keep turning the pages is one of those factors. But for… Read More

Roxane Gay’s new collection of short stories arrives with much anticipation. With her debut novel, An Untamed State, and essay collection, Bad Feminist, Gay has established herself as a strong contender in the literary world. Her newest work displays this strength. The writing is clean and incisive. Gay uses deceptively simple turns of phrases to… Read More

This was my first novel by Michael Chabon and it is a great read. At 430 pages this is a long deathbed confession to the author from a character known only as “my grandfather” throughout the book. He is certainly a man with a sense of humour and I found him extremely likeable. Grandfather had… Read More

This is a great addition to the long list of great novels that Ian McEwan has produced. There were two or three that missed the mark for me – Sunday, Solar and Sweet Tooth. But his previous novel to this, The Children Act, was excellent and this latest is McEwan back to his very best… Read More

The problem with reviewing a book that you love is that it is often hard to describe just why you like the book so much – the usual adages of ‘good characterisations’, ‘innovative plot line’ and ‘page-turning entertainment’ are the obvious explanations, but often that is simply not enough. This is especially the case when… Read More

This is a departure for Sebastian Barry, a book set entirely in mid to late nineteenth century America. We follow the fortunes of two young men, John Cole and Thomas McNulty, who sign up for the army and end up fighting in the Indian Wars and then the Civil War. I say it is a… Read More

I found this novel excellent. It worked so well on lots of levels. Very simply, it is the story of an extended family over time. It begins at the christening party for Franny Keating, where the uninvited Bert Cousins turns up and kisses Beverley Keating, the young girl’s mother. This sets the whole story in… Read More

Shakespeare’s last masterpiece, adapted for a modern novelization by a contemporary literary master? The temptation is surely too good to pass up, which is why I jumped at the chance to read this one. Unfortunately, the novel doesn’t quite live up to expectations. Felix is the innovative, pioneering Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre, bringing… Read More

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