Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

My book club’s read for September was Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh, a psychological thriller that has this week been named on the shortlist for the 2016 Man Booker Prize. And on finishing reading, it is not hard to see why it has stood out as a smart, unforgettable novel. ‘I looked like a girl you’d … Continue reading Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

A Spool Of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

A Spool of Blue Thread is Anne Tyler’s twentieth novel and the first that I have read. Making the shortlist of both the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and Man Booker Prize for 2015 it is an enthralling story of family and domestic life. ‘Well, of course they did hear from him again. The Whitshank’s … Continue reading A Spool Of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life, the second novel from Hanya Yanagihara has caused quite a stir in the literary world this summer, with critical acclaim, a growing fan base and recognition on the 2015 Man Booker Prize long list. With this in mind I was excited to read it, and having spent five days gripped by this … Continue reading A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

The Chimes by Anna Smaill

Longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, The Chimes is an inventive take on the dystopian novel. Our protagonist is Simon Wythern, an orphan who arrives in London into a totalitarian society where everyone is controlled by music, and memory is forbidden. Admittedly, this was a book that took me a while to get into. … Continue reading The Chimes by Anna Smaill

Francis Plug, How To Be A Public Author by Paul Ewen

I wasn’t familiar with Francis Plug, the troubled comic creation of Paul Ewen, until I came across an amusing board in my local Waterstones set up in his honour. ‘The funniest book you will read this summer...’ it read along with a quite unusual guarantee.... Picture courtesy of @WaterstonesNG twitter feed Fortunately, after finishing reading … Continue reading Francis Plug, How To Be A Public Author by Paul Ewen