Posted on 1st April 2013

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The Gospel According to Cane

‘People write because they’ve got an urge to express themselves… Because they’ve seen something they can’t comprehend and they’re trying to work it out through the act of writing.  They write because they want to make sense of their pain’. In The Gospel According to Cane, Beverley, a creative writing teacher in West London, addresses these…

Posted on 18th May 2011

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Eating Air

“[Art] is one way of having a quarrel with the world,” opines the nameless narrator of Eating Air, Pauline Melville’s third literary offering since her prize-winning debut novel Shape-Shifter. “Art is what those of us do who are too frightened to be terrorists.” Various dramatic aphorisms of the like, with a theatricality that appears to emanate naturally…

Posted on 9th March 2011

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Shake Off

Mischa Hiller’s 2010 novel Sabra Zoo ended with its protagonist Ivan morally disabused on an outward-bound flight from Beirut after he witnesses at firsthand the Sabra and Shatila massacres, the mass murder of Palestinian civilians by Israeli-sponsored neo-fascists in 1982. This still-little known atrocity casts a long shadow over his second novel, Shake Off (Telegram…