Review: When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy

Captivated by a university professor’s politics and poetry, the narrator of When I Hit You falls in love with him and agrees to marry him with more feeling than thought. But what she assumed would be a life full of love and new adventures soon turns sour, as he starts to force her into the box…

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Review: The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan

After devouring The Keeper of Lost Things earlier this year, I was really excited to get into Ruth’s second book, The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes, in the hopes that her writing would be just as fabulous. After finishing the novel, I have mixed feelings about it… Our protagonist Masha is learning to live after…

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Review: Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

Innovative in style, its humour by turns punchy and tender, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit is a few days ride into the bizarre outpost of religious excess and human obsession. It’s a love story too. Part memoir, part fiction, this short novel depicts the adolescence of a bright, vivacious orphan girl adopted into a strict Pentecostal…

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Women in translation month: my suggestions

With August as women in translation month (and since I am a female translator myself), I thought I’d have a rummage on my shelves and see what I’ve got hiding away! Interestingly, it appeared that if the book was originally written by a man, it was more likely that it would be translated into English…

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Review: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

One woman’s search for everything A writer’s honest and humble memoir of her travels to Italy, India and Indonesia as she sets out to find pleasure, spirituality and balance… Divided into three sections, totalling 108 short chapters (for some meaningful reason which I’ve forgotten since reading about it), this non-fiction read starts at the beginning…

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Review: How to be both by Ali Smith

“A renaissance artist of the 1460s. A child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of live and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, knowing gets mysterious, fiction gets real – and all life’s givens get given a second chance.” Split in to two distinct sections, this book follows George,…

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