Category Archives: Han Kang

My favourite books of the 21st century, so far…

  Recently ‘The Guardian’ published a list of the ‘best’ books of the twenty first century so far. It got me to thinking and so here I present my own list. They may not be acknowledged ‘classics’ (though some are) … Continue reading

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Beautiful Books 7

or, ‘You can (sometimes!) judge a book by its cover’. I wrote about this strange, beautiful and radical book a while ago but it was only when I attended a recent signing event with Han Kang that I began to … Continue reading

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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

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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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Hot milk, hot!

A quick roundup of my books of the year, so far… I couldn’t have been more pleased to see Deborah Levy’s ‘Hot Milk’ on this year’s Booker Prize long list. It’s a mesmerising, psychological tale of mothers and daughters and … Continue reading

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‘The Vegetarian’ Han Kang

‘The Vegetarian’ is a cool, detached novel, both strange and beautiful. Sometimes raw and brutal, sometimes peculiar and surreal and finally touching and tender. The word which sums up this novel best is forlorn. Troubling dreams encourage Yeong-Hye to become a vegetarian, an … Continue reading

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