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Book Review: The Light in the Dark: A Winter Journal by Horatio Clare

Book reviews By October 1, 2019 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Horatio Clare writes with great candour and generosity in The Light in the Dark: A Winter Journal, offering a fierce flicker of hope to others in this illuminating contemplation of his own depression. As November stubs out the glow of autumn and the days tighten into shorter hours, winter’s occupation begins. Preparing for winter has its own rhythms, as old…

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Book Review: The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

Book reviews By July 13, 2017 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

In her latest novel, Rachel Joyce’s writing is pitch perfect and every bit as healing as the tracks that Frank selects as prescribed listening for his customers in The Music Shop. 1988. Frank owns a music shop. It is jam-packed with records of every speed, size and genre. Classical, jazz, punk – as long as it’s vinyl he sells it….

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Book Review: A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume

Book reviews By February 27, 2017 Tags: , , , No Comments

An artist’s retreat with a difference in Sara Baume’s A Line Made By Walking becomes a beautiful meditation on our own fragility and how art and nature can both anchor and heal us. Struggling to cope with urban life – and with life in general – Frankie, a twenty-something artist, retreats to the rural bungalow on ‘turbine hill’ that has…

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Book Review: Mischling by Affinity Konar

Book reviews By January 26, 2017 Tags: , , , No Comments

What often marks us out as different in the eyes of others can result in our being subjected to the worst forms of cruelty and abuse. Mischling depicts this to devastating effect but Affinity Konar doesn’t allow that to overwhelm her novel, instead showing us the resilience and resources drawn on by its victims, and focussing on the survivors. It’s…

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