Posted on 19th June 2014

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All the Birds, Singing

“Brooding and brilliant All the Birds, Singing, is a big, deep and accomplished novel that I would press into the hands of any lover of words, and stories. She excels at creating character, a sense of place and a thrilling tension, infusing every page with a depth of feeling along the way. For a novelist as…

Posted on 28th May 2012

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Glister

John Burnside’s soaring reputation as a poet and memoirist often overshadows his parallel career as a writer of dark and unsettling novels. Glister, his seventh, has as its backdrop the sort of isolated, left-behind provincial town Burnside has explored before in The Dumb House and The Mercy Boys. The town here has only two districts,…

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…