REVIEW: THE ASSEMBLY OF THE SEVERED HEAD, BY HUGH LUPTON (2018)

The year is 1211. Severed heads wash up on the shoreline near the small monastic outpost at Clynnog Fawr, in Wales. The heads have had their hair shaved off at the top and in front, which suggests they're bards. The monks quickly figure out that there must have been a massacre at the Bardic School … Continue reading REVIEW: THE ASSEMBLY OF THE SEVERED HEAD, BY HUGH LUPTON (2018)

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REVIEW: MALACQUA, BY NICOLA PUGLIESE, TRANSLATED BY SHAUN WHITESIDE (2017)

Naples. It's raining, and it doesn't look it'll ever stop. The streets flood, a sinkhole forms in Via Tasso, a building collapses in Via Aniello Falcone. The sinkhole kills two people, the building five. Disquieting sounds (something like this, perhaps) resonate from the castle in the city centre. Creepy dolls appear in the most unexpected … Continue reading REVIEW: MALACQUA, BY NICOLA PUGLIESE, TRANSLATED BY SHAUN WHITESIDE (2017)

WHAT TO READ (& LISTEN TO) AFTER READING NAOMI ALDERMAN’S THE POWER (2017)

The beginning of a year is usually a time for me to catch up with the best of the previous year's books that I wasn't able to get my hands on. A few weeks ago, I finally read Naomi Alderman's The Power, set in a world where women and girls the world over discover they … Continue reading WHAT TO READ (& LISTEN TO) AFTER READING NAOMI ALDERMAN’S THE POWER (2017)

DOUBLE REVIEW: Sarah Hall’s MADAME ZERO and Patty Yumi Cottrell’s SORRY TO DISRUPT THE PEACE

CN: suicide. It happened once before and it's happened again: I read two books in quick succession and I'm finding it hard not to think of them in relation to each other. They are, in many ways, very different: Sarah Hall's Madame Zero is a short story collection, Patty Yumi Cottrell's Sorry to Disrupt the … Continue reading DOUBLE REVIEW: Sarah Hall’s MADAME ZERO and Patty Yumi Cottrell’s SORRY TO DISRUPT THE PEACE