This is the second – yes, only the second – review for my 20 Books of Summer Challenge Excepting some engravings and that postage stamp portraying One Pound Jimmy, I had never seen an Aboriginal. They were all far away in dusty history, or in hot places where they threw stones at passing cars … […]Read more "A Long Way from Home – 20 Books of Summer"
Is it a YA novel disguised as a cyber thriller? A treatise on love? A condemnation of our hyperconnected selves, our slavish devotion to technology? A philosophical evaluation of what it means to be human in the 21st century?Read more "20 Books of Summer: Connect"
The title hints at one of the themes of the novel, which is that there are two Istanbuls, the one above ground and the one below, and each is ‘transformed’ in sense through acts of creation and imagination. The prisoners transform their surroundings through imagination and fantasy, parables and riddles, and likewise the city above is changed by time and love.Read more "ISTANBUL ISTANBUL"
Composed almost entirely of short monologues by the ghostly inhabitants of the cemetery, it reads less like a conventional novel and more like a drama, or perhaps a scrapbookRead more "Lincoln in the Bardo"
If I look slightly guilty, it may be down to having Kentucky Fried Jesus peering over my shoulderRead more "Bray Literary Festival"
With 2016 soon coming to an end, it’s that time of the year when all sorts of prizes are being awarded. Last week saw Ireland’s literary scene shine its brightest at the Bord Gáis Energy Book Awards, honouring Irish writers across a range of genres. Mike McCormack‘s audacious Solar Bones was selected as Novel of the Year, just one week […]Read more "BAD SEX"