‘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 …

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‘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 …

‘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 …

‘Hausfrau’ by Jill Alexander Essbaum

"Shame is psychic extortion", Doktor Messerli answered. "Shame lies. Shame a woman and she will believe she is fundamentally wrong, organically delinquent. The only confidence she will have will be in her failures. You will never convince her otherwise". Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum, Pg.6 Hausfrau was one of the first books I bought when I moved …