Reviews

You can see all of my published reviews here.

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‘People — from Voltaire to vampires — are not confined to an unreachable past, but are within touching distance of people in the present.

Splice

Flesh-Coloured Dominoes – Zigmunds Skujiņš (trans. Kaija Straumanis)

Lee’s poetry is a revelry in writing in and of a state of pre-position and until-ness.

Hong Kong Review of Books

Unexpected Vanilla – Lee Hyemi (trans. So J.Lee)

‘I see a complex interplay of mirages and screens for other thoughts and possibilities that are trying and failing to break out of the narrator’s mind, rather than break in.’

Cleveland Review of Books

Ducks, Newburyport – Lucy Ellmann

‘Stone though is a city poet, and whilst we might be at sea here, the city and those half-built tower blocks don’t feel all that far away as they move and ‘wander’ to find a home.’

Bookmunch

Handling Stolen Goods – Degna Stone

..The sense of being on an island becomes a conceptual as well as a physical state of being.

Full Stop

Something Like Breathing – Angela Readman

Šlepikas invites readers to wonder whether the environment he depicts is primarily representative of a world overcoming war or, instead, a world in which the idea of “territories” is both a geopolitical and developmental term.’

Splice

In the Shadow of Wolves – Alvydas Šlepikas (trans. Romas Kinka)

As we enter the series of essays written, notably, at different points over fourteen years up until 2017, this anxiety of sound and its source and being in the historical moment, does not disband.’

Bookmunch

Grimspound and Inhabiting Art – Rod Mengham

‘[W]hether you believe the scream that might enable the narrator to look “straight into the eyes of her family’s insanity” has been expressed or somebody’s found a lid and stifled it again, is down to your analysis.’

Full Stop

The Oblique Place – Caterina Pascual Söderbaum (trans. Frank Perry)

‘For past to be prologue some damage needs to be settled, and for this reason the novel feels encapsulated within a state of inertia.’

The Island Review

The Tempest – Steve Sem Sandberg (trans. Anna Paterson)

You begin to get a sense that this contingency on structure might be existentially impeding him, like the detective’s protocol, or the academic’s research paper; the answers might not be conducive to the structures we have now.’

Review 31

Andrew Wynn Owen – The Multiverse

‘Zebra’s refracted and displaced journey is, in some part, how she correlates experience, connects words and events, like any book…’

Review 31

Call Me Zebra – Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi

‘…When Bloom remarks ‘Funerals all over the world everywhere every minute…Thousands every house. Too many in the world’ we could have an epigraph for Ryan’s novel.’

Bookmunch

From a Low and Quiet Sea – Donal Ryan

In this new collection of essays and journalism.. Amis continues this concern with the duplicitous nature of language that inadvertently seems split between exploring notions of communion and communication.

Bookmunch

The Rub of Time – Martin Amis

The ability to allegorise seamlessly then with the environment does not make this a simple task, as dark, gothic imagery entwines with lyrics that explore subject matter like schizophrenia.’

Singapore Review of Books

Desolate Market – Julian Turner

Unnikrishnan’s book is fragmented and elusive and indeed only temporarily focusing on characters and stories…’

Necessary Fiction

Temporary People – Deepak Unnikrishnan

His detachment does not remain a figurative matter, but is dealt with again and again by Azaústre.

Necessary Fiction

The Swimmers -Joaquín Pérez Azaústre (translated by Lucas Lyndes)

“There is the insinuation of something or someone else occupying the room, which is for Phillips where it began, and where it appears he wants it to remain: the someone, the person.”

Bookmunch

Adam Phillips – One Way and Another

Chatwin realises that it is only through ‘now’ that we can begin to make sense of our world. ‘

Bookmunch

Bruce Chatwin – the Novels