‘The Ten Thousand Things’ by Maria Dermoût

‘The remembrance of a human being, of something that happened, can remain in a place, tangible almost – perhaps there is someone left who knows of it and thinks about it sometimes’. The Ten Thousand Things by Maria Dermoût, Pg.6 In preparation for my move to Indonesia (almost a year ago) I bought Maria Dermoût’s…

‘The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography’ by Edmund Gordon

‘She was concerned with unpicking the mythic roles and structures that underwrite our existences – in particular various myths of gender identity – and during the last decade of her life she was beginning to emerge as a feminist icon’. The Invention of Angela Carter by Edmund Gordon, Pg.xii Angela Carter has long been a…

‘Alias Grace’ by Margaret Atwood

‘Murderess, murderess, he whispers to himself. It has an allure, a scent almost. Hothouse gardenias. Lurid, but also furtive. He imagines himself breathing it as he draws Grace towards him, pressing his mouth against her. Murderess. He applies it to her throat like a brand’. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, Pg.453 Based on the true story…

‘The Glorious Heresies’ by Lisa McInerney

‘Small houses. Small sanctuaries. Small lives. The city runs on the macro, but what’s that, except the breathing, beating, swallowing, sweating agonies and ecstasies of a hundred thousand little lives?’ The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney, Pg.363 Winner of the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, The Glorious Heresies certainly lives up to the hype surrounding…

‘The Nakano Thrift Shop’ by Hiromi Kawakami

‘When I scrutinised love, I still found myself in a world that felt empty’. The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami, Pg.165 Hiromi Kawakami’s second novel, translated into English by Allison Markin Powell, is a beautifully rendered story of an awkward, introverted young woman who has wound up working in a second-hand junk shop owned by the…

‘The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet’ by Becky Chambers

‘These were the sounds of spacer life, an underscore of vulnerability and distance. They were reminders of what a fragile thing it was to be alive. But those sounds also meant safety. An absence of sound meant that air was no longer flowing, engines no longer running, artigav nets no longer holding your feet to…

‘The Green Road’ by Anne Enright

‘So many different people, and the stories their bodies held’. The Green Road by Anne Enright, Pg.81 Over the Easter period I went on what can only be described as a reading binge which has, thankfully, sustained momentum ever since, though my ability to keep up to date with blogging about them is a constant…

‘American Housewife’ by Helen Ellis

‘I’ve spent the last ten years coming up the bizarre, while my real life has grown more and more stereotypical’. ‘Dumpster Diving with the Stars’ in American Housewife by Helen Ellis, Pg.44 As I mentioned previously, I bought Helen Ellis’ collection of short stories, American Housewife, at the amazing treasure-trove that is Shakespeare & Co….

Big Bang Data @ Somerset House

‘As we go about our online activities, we unwittingly leave a trail of info behind us. This data no longer really belongs to us and is now being used to fuel a major new economy. Big corporations buy and sell details about our characteristics and behaviour, commodifying our privacy to be able to sell products…