REVIEW- THE TRIP TO ECHO SPRING BY OLIVIA LAING

REVIEW- THE TRIP TO ECHO SPRING BY OLIVIA LAING

Literature | Review The Trip To Echo Spring by Olivia Laing                                                                 If you loved Laing’s first book To The River, you shan’t be disappointed by her latest masterpiece which graced the shelves last year. To The River was hypnotic in nature whereas Echo Spring swallows you whole and pulls you along Laing’s journey into the lives of six of the greatest American writers that lived; Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Williams,

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REVIEW- SPILLWORTHY BY JOHANNA HARNESS

Literature | Review Spillworthy by Johanna Harness If you are a writer and own a twitter account, you’re bound to have heard of her, if not of Harness herself, you are likely to have had some form of knowledge or contact with the #amwriting hashtag. Like a robin leading the dawn chorus, you will hear Harness’s short burst of song beginning with “4:50 am here in #idaho and I #amwriting” which is usually followed by “Are you writing? The #amwriting community welcomes you.” Harness, a former teacher; home schooler, workshop leader and sheep herder , lives in beautiful rural Idaho

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Review- The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Review The Round House by Louise Erdrich                                                                              Erdrich’s writing often reflects the lives of Native Americans and The Round House is of no exception. In the very familiar Stand By Me vein-  the film version of course which I  like many others obsessively watched as a child and young teenager, focuses on one summer; a group of friends and their entry into adulthood due to one defining incident. The Round House is a beautiful, harrowing, coming of age novel set on a South Dakotareservation where thirteen year old Joe’s mother is brutally raped. He takes it into his own

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Reading – The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Published by Corsair Books £17.99

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Book Review – Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Literature | Review Wild by Cheryl Strayed Cheryl Strayed with “Monster”   I often wonder about what compels a person to pursue a risky pastime, whether it is climbing mountains; base jumping, hang gliding or in Strayed’s case, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail on her own. Strayed, you learn rather quickly is a normal person yet rather extraordinary. Extraordinary in her outlook on life and her perseverance on the grueling task ahead, she writes “…How can a book describe the psychological factors a person must prepare for…The despair, the alienation, the anxiety and especially the pain, both physical and mental…”

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Review – Orkney by Amy Sackville

Literature | Review Orkney by Amy Sackville Writing a second novel is a grueling task, particularly when your first one was as well received as Sackville’s The Still Point. Sackville once more pulls the reader north, not the North Pole like before, but to Orkney where the stage is set for a married couple once more. Unlike the couple in The Still Point, Sackville does not use the stream of conscious technique which she mastered admirably, but instead, we have one protagonist and one set of thoughts, those of which belong to Richard. Richard is a sixty something academic who

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Current Read – The Trip To Echo Spring; Why Writers Drink by Olivia Laing

                                                 Published by Canongate Books Available 1st August 2013 Hardback £20 Ebook £14.99

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Current read- The Weather in the Streets

                                         It took a month to finish my previous read which was Anne Tyler’s The Beginners Guide to Goodbye – I’m still not awfully sure about it, it was an easy read which was perfect but didn’t have enough gravitas. Immediately after, I started reading a bigger book – a bit difficult to physicslly hold at the same time as a baby! So it was when trapped under a sleeping baby that I had to grab the nearest book (I’m always surroubded by bookcases weighed

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Review- Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil

Literature | Review Narcopolis  by Jeet Thayil In the typical poet behaviour, Thayil immediately churns out a prologue which goes on for 7 pages without a single full stop. There isn’t a breather in place, just a suffocating reflection of a trance-like mind that has been drug ridden and now mirrored onto the page. The novel is set in the late seventies in Bombay, depicting the drug culture and the changes within it, such as the shift from the more respectable opium to dirty heroin with a vast amount of sex and violence thrown in for good measure; they do after all

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Review- The Lighthouse by Alison Moore

Literature | Review The Lighthouse by Alison Moore   It’s a small book in stature with an image of a lighthouse engulfing the cover which is fitting for the novel’s content. According to Moore, the birth of this novel was borne out of a vision of a man sitting alone in a kitchen which wasn’t his own and this man was Futh, the novel’s protagonist.  What can one say about Futh other than the fact that he is a highly unlikable character. Of course, it is ok to not like a character; this doesn’t mean the whole novel is going

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