Review: The Idiot

Elif Bautman's coming-of-age novel has been described as the 'marmite' book of this year's Woman's Prize Shortlist and it's general public reception seems to reflect this, with some passionate advocates and many who did not get on with the book at all. The story follows Selin, a Turkish American undergraduate at Harvard, in her search … Continue reading Review: The Idiot


Review: Elmet

Fiona Mozley's debut novel has made waves in the book world, first shortlisted for the Booker Prize and now on the Women's Prize longlist. The novel is a reimagining of Wuthering Heights as a contemporary rural noir. Our narrator is the young Danny, who lacks agency and largely relates the actions of his intimidating father … Continue reading Review: Elmet

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