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Book Review: Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny

Book reviews By April 22, 2019 Tags: , , No Comments

Katherine Heiny’s Standard Deviation is filled with wry and acute observations on life while Graham Cavanaugh takes stock of his: realising how greatly he and his second wife, Audra, differ from each other, the day before an encounter with ex-wife Elspeth. Graham’s second wife, Audra, is an unrestrained force of good nature. She talks non-stop through her epidural, labour and…


Book Review: Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars by Miranda Emmerson

Book reviews, Giveaway By April 15, 2019 Tags: , , , No Comments

Miranda Emmerson’s debut novel Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars isn’t as whimsical as the title might at first suggest. But that fits with a book where it’s not only the missing actress who is playing a role (both on and off stage) or has something to hide. Soho, 1965. When an American actress disappears from the Galaxy Theatre,…


Book Review: The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

Book reviews By January 28, 2016 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

From the moment I saw this wonderful squirrelly cover I knew that I wanted to read The Portable Veblen. Which probably comes as no surprise when I run a blog called the Nut Press, have a grey squirrel sidekick and take more photos of the squirrels in my garden than just about anything else. Going in, I had very little idea what…

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