Category Archives: Ali Smith

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

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‘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

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‘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, emersing the reader in what is the literary equivalent of 3D cinema. It is soap opera (not a dirty phrase in … Continue reading

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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

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The books which made 2016

Book of the Year Autumn by Ali Smith  This year needed this book and Smith has provided it.  Runners Up A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson Hot Milk by Deborah Levy Other Favourites Eileen – Ottessa Moshfegh At Hawthorn Time – Melissa … Continue reading

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The Psychometry of Tony Warren. Part One

‘Strictly speaking, psychometry is the occult power of divining the properties of things by mere contact. I do not recommend it as an alternative to reading but it is an exciting supplement’ Jeanette Winterson I love books. I love the … Continue reading

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This week’s book haul

A bumper harvest this week, my birthday coinciding with publishers gearing up for Christmas is always bad for the bank balance! Firstly, the autumn’s big hitters: Ali Smith and Margaret Atwood. I am pant-wettingly excited about ‘Autumn’, but to be … Continue reading

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