Monthly Archives: May 2017

Colson Whitehead || The Underground Railroad

Halfway through The Underground Railroad I went to see I Am Not Your Negroe, the documentary based on an unpublished essay by James Baldwin. In this documentary carefully selected images and well-formulated texts came together forcibly. As a result the … Continue reading

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Stephen Orr || The Hands

Anyone who has any¬†romantic ideas¬†about running a cattle farm in the Australian Outback should read The Hands, you will soon get rid of those notions. The heat, the years of drought, the un-relentlessness of Outback nature, the family scandal controlling … Continue reading

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Gwendoline Riley || First Love

Bailey’s Prize Short List 2017 Things did not go well between Gwendoline Riley and myself. I kept falling asleep while I was reading First Love. It might have been hayfever which caused me to be more tired than usual, it … Continue reading

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Linda Grant || The Dark Circle

Bailey’s Prize 2017 Short List The Dark Circle sets off vibrantly. Grant introduced twins Lenny and Miriam, two cocky slightly common Londoners of Jewish decent. After WW2 they have picked up the pieces and have started to live life to … Continue reading

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