Category Archives: Melissa Harrison

Books of the Year 2018

‘Strange, sinister, funny and profound, ‘Convenience Store Woman’ by Sayaka Murata is a compendium of the rules of society and how these might be navigated by someone who, rather than rebelling against those norms, simply doesn’t understand them – a … Continue reading

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All Among The Barley – Melissa Harrison

‘Deutsche Erde’ (‘German Soil’) by Werner Peiner (1933) ‘But at last I came to see that there is a danger in such thinking; for you can never go back, and to make an idol of the past only disfigures the … 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, immersing 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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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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‘Clay’ Melissa Harrison

Photo: ‘Heaton Park, April 2016’ by AN Stuart After loving Melissa Harrison’s second novel, ‘At Hawthorn Time’ so much, I rushed out to get a copy of her first, ‘Clay’. Instead of the countryside of her second novel, ‘Clay’ sets … Continue reading

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‘At Hawthorn Time’ Melissa Harrison

Melissa Harrison’s beautiful novel is concerned with how, despite our self obsessions, humankind is but a blink in the eye of a fly compared to the rolling permanence of nature: and, as such, maybe the perfect antidote for anyone who wants … Continue reading

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