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Reviews

17 Aug 2022

The Colony by Audrey Magee

A small island off the coast of Ireland, 1979. Four generations of one matriarchal family, the last of the 'pure' Irish speakers and two interlopers, one Englishman, one Frenchman spend a summer.

25 Jul 2022

Arbitrary Stupid Goal by Tamara Shopsin

I didn’t know about the Shopsins or The Store prior to reading Arbitrary Stupid Goal but this slice of quintessential New York in the 70s and 80s will be a riot to both newcomers and old hats. Shopsin’s meandering, entertaining, offbeat memoir, largely about her childhood growing up in Greenwich Village, is an easy page-turner, a time capsule to an era that Shopsin says has disappeared beneath the condos and corporations of present-day NYC.

25 Jul 2022

Booth by Karen Joy Fowler

Long-standing fans of Karen Joy Fowler will remember with fondness the twisty literary novel that became a New York Times bestseller, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. In Booth, we hear another family story, though this one uses no tricks and is much greater in scope.

18 Jul 2022

Barkskins by Annie Proulx

An epic whopper of a novel, spanning generations, from the 1690s, to the modern day, from Canada to China, New Zealand, the USA and Europe.

14 Jul 2022

Boy Fallen by Chris Gill

Brooke Palmer flies down from Auckland to visit her West Coast hometown, Taonga. Far from the ‘treasure’ suggested by the name, Taonga holds bitter memories for Brooke - it is where her 15-year-old brother, Jack, was murdered 19 years before. Brooke and her family are still traumatised by their loss, and Brooke still hates the man serving out his sentence for her brother’s murder. She has returned because Evan, the son of her best friend, has been found dead - it appears he is another young man murdered in Taonga.

25 May 2022

Waking the Tiger by Mark Wightman

Set in hot and humid Singapore in the 1930s, Waking the Tiger is a murder mystery that stalks around the colonialism and rising fascism of the era, and it also introduces a great new fictional detective: Inspector Maximo Betancourt.