Category Archives: Ali Smith

‘Travelling in a Strange Land’ David Park

Sometimes, I think you can tell the mettle of a writer not by the first lines of their novels but the last. Take Zadie Smith’s ‘Swing Time’ (not her best novel, of course, but no one can doubt her talent) … Continue reading

Posted in Ali Smith, David Park, Zadie Smith | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Books of the Year 2017

The Ali Smith Book of the year: ‘Winter’ by Ali Smith Is this the most enjoyable book of the year? No. But, like last year’s ‘Autumn’ it is possibly one of the most pertinent and timely of books and is … Continue reading

Posted in Adelle Stripe, Ali Smith, Andrea Dunbar, Beth Underdown, Claire Louise Bennett, Emma Flint, Gwendoline Riley, Ian Waites, John Grindrod, Jon McGregor, Lydie Salvayre, Shena Mackay | Tagged | Leave a comment

This week’s book haul

First, of course, is Ali Smith’s ‘Winter’, a sort-of sequel to ‘Autumn’ which has been nominated for just about every book prize this year, but won none. I’m about a third of the way through it already and it doesn’t … Continue reading

Posted in Ali Smith, Armistead Maupin, Elizabeth von Arnim, Han Kang | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

This week’s book haul

Just the one book this week – and something from the Booker Prize longlist: ‘Elmet’ by Fiona Mozley. This year’s longlist is a bit of an odd one. Of the books I’ve read only one deserves to be there: ‘Reservoir … Continue reading

Posted in Ali Smith, Fiona Mozley, Gwendoline Riley, Jon McGregor, Zadie Smith | Tagged , | Leave a comment

‘Pond’ Claire-Louise Bennett

  Prior to going away on holiday I ordered a copy of ‘Two Stories’, a celebration of the first publication by The Hogarth Press, set up by Virginia and Leonard Woolf in 1917 to publish their work and others who … Continue reading

Posted in Ali Smith, Claire Louise Bennett, Mark Haddon, Virginia Woolf | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

‘Reservoir 13’ Jon McGregor

Jon McGregor’s fourth novel present us with a panoramic presentation of life in the here and now. It is a stylistic dream, immersing the reader in what is the literary equivalent of 3D cinema. It is soap opera (not a dirty phrase in … Continue reading

Posted in Ali Smith, Jon McGregor, Melissa Harrison, Virginia Woolf | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Autumn – Ali Smith

‘It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times.’ Ali Smith has written the novel of 2016, a book which exhibits Smith’s usual linguistic playfulness coupled with a raw edge, forged in the fury to get down thoughts and … Continue reading

Posted in Ali Smith, Richard Davenport-HInes | Tagged , , | 3 Comments