Posted on 30th July 2014

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All the Birds, Singing

In 2014, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize worked with the Regional Literature Development Agencies to find reading groups across the UK to read the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize-winning titles.  All The Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld was read by the Peninsula Arts Reading Group from Plymouth and below are reviews from its reading group members. 

Posted on 19th June 2014

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All the Birds, Singing

There’s a heat that permeates Evie Wyld’s  truly wonderful second novel: a beating pulse of brutality that accompanies the story of Jake Whyte, a woman living alone on a sparsely populated British island. Upon reading the first sentence—“Another sheep, mangled and bled out, her innards not yet crusting and the vapours rising from her like a steamed…

Posted on 19th June 2013

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Eustace

Steven Harris’s new graphic novel, Eustace, manages to be both very English and engagingly Surreal.  It is published by Jonathan Cape, an imprint of Random House, who have seemingly cornered the market in what might be termed, in a back-handed kind of way, ‘literary’ graphic novels.  The two recent Costa award nominations, Dotter of her Father’s…

Posted on 16th October 2012

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Are You My Mother?

Are You My Mother? is American cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s second graphic memoir. Coming six years after Fun Home, which took Bechdel’s relationship with her father as its subject, Are You My Mother? is anything but a neat step from one parent to the other. For a start, there are multiple maternal figures in this book…

Posted on 1st February 2012

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Fiction Uncovered by…Rachael Beale, web manager for the London Review of Books

Kevin Brockmeier – The Illumination A Pulitzer for Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge in 2009; the National Book Award for A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan in 2010; generous praise for Katie Ward’s Girl Reading, David Vann’s Legend of a Suicide, Denis Johnson’s Jesus’ Son, and many more – even as prejudice against the short…