Review: Circe

Madeline Miller's second novel has been long awaited by fans after her gripping rendition of the lovers Achilles and Patroclus against the backdrop of the Trojan war. With her first as a retelling of Homer's Iliad, what better than her second novel as a retelling of his Odyssey? Circe is the witch-Godess who finds Odysseus … Continue reading Review: Circe

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What we are reading in May

Take a look at what is lined up this month: A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas Another highly anticipated installment in the Court of Thrones and Roses series. Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall  The psychological thriller of 2018 - a domestic noir to rival Gone Girl. The Surface Breaks … Continue reading What we are reading in May

Women’s Prize Shortlist Predictions

This year's Women's Prize for Fiction longlist boasts a range of fantastic novels which cover issues from poverty and working class life, to abuse and domestic violence - ranging from the personal to the social and political. Many of these novels interrogate ideologies and force us to question our perspectives. The styles differ widely and … Continue reading Women’s Prize Shortlist Predictions

Review: When I Hit You; or a Portrait of the Writer as a Wife

We all know what it feels like to be young and headstrong when in love or heartbroken from love. But for most of us this doesn't result in an abusive marriage, domestic violence and rape. For Meena Kandasamy's unnamed first person narrator however, her misguided intellectual engagement with a university professor results in a marriage … Continue reading Review: When I Hit You; or a Portrait of the Writer as a Wife

Review: The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

Imogen Hermes-Gower's debut was scooped up after a ten-way bidding war and now the novel has been longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction. A work of historical fiction, Hermes-Gower captures Georgian London in a lyrical prose which creates a vivid narrative. Exploring the lives and exploits of merchant Jonah Hancock and courtesan Angelica Neal, … Continue reading Review: The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock