Posted on 19th February 2013

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Killing Daniel

Killing Daniel, a debut novel by Sarah Dobbs, meditates on domestic cruelty in various forms without ever being mawkish. It is published by Unthank Books, a small independent based in Norwich. The book is not really about the eponymous Daniel at all. He is dead from the first page, having been lyrically, brutally murdered. The…

Posted on 16th July 2012

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Laikonik Express

A line from Nick Sweeney’s new novel Laikonik Express reads: Kennedy recalled the Baltic beach scene from Gunter Grass’s Tin Drum, shit-stirrer Oskar and his mom watching a longshoreman fish off a shore a lot like the one he looked on now. “Shit-stirrer Oskar,” but when you are so small maybe that’s all you can amount…

Posted on 29th June 2012

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Captivity

This is the first novel by Lander Hawes, whose short story, “Differences In Lifts,” in Unthank Books’s Unthology 2 had already whetted my appetite. I wasn’t disappointed, as often happens in the quantum leap from short fiction to novel—quite the reverse. This is an impressively assured achievement. Josh Haddon is a man in captivity, part…

Posted on 31st January 2011

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And This Is True

Emily Mackie’s debut novel is a hybrid of doomed love story and disorientating rite-of-passage. Fifteen-year old Neville Gow has spent eleven years living in his father Marshall’s van as they journey round Britain while Marshall works, fruitlessly it seems, on a series of novels. When Neville tries to kiss his father, Marshall stops their wanderings….