Posted on 14th May 2014

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Mrs. Hemingway

The current vogue for fictionalised biographies continues in Naomi Wood’s latest novel, Mrs. Hemingway. Elizabeth “Hadley” Richardson, Pauline Pfeiffer (“Fife”), Martha Gelhorn, Mary Welsh: four women vitally connected over time through marriage to Ernest Hemingway are brought together once more and their relationships put under the microscope. Where Paula McLain, in The Paris Wife, focuses…

Posted on 15th May 2013

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The Colour of Milk

Nell Leyshon is a master of deception. A short story writer, Orange long-listed author, and playwright, she relates powerful, uncomfortable themes through strong voices that tell simple, profound stories. In her 2009 novel, Devotion, siblings Tilly and Grace recounted the devastating effects of a crumbling marriage from their child’s-eye view. In The Colour of Milk,…

Posted on 1st November 2012

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You Came Back

On a snowy December night in Columbus, Ohio, Mark Fife is disturbed by a woman who looks at him through a coffee-shop window. He is planning to ask his girlfriend, Allison, to marry him. He is settled: “He had come all the way into his new self.” Gradually, we learn that this surface calm masks…

Posted on 20th June 2012

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Finding Soutbek

Finding Soutbek is a wise and troubling story about the burden of history that asks whether it’s possible for a nation to transition from social, political and cultural separation into a democratic and fair society. In this debut novel, Karen Jennings merges diverse voices representing the ‘Rainbow Nation’ to expose the stark contrasts and divisions…