Review: The North Water by Ian McGuire

The North Water (Simon & Schuster, 2016) chronicles the fall of Patrick Sumner, an Irishman of tragic past and lacklustre present, and a man in thrall to the consequences of a mistake he made before the story began. Told in gripping present tense, The North Water bears the reader along on a story as bleak as the Arctic landscape and as inexorable as the tide.

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Review: Tristimania by Jay Griffiths

In Tristimania (Hamish Hamilton, 2016/Penguin 2017) Jay Griffiths recounts a year-long episode of manic depression. The narrative proceeds quickly, condensing a year’s time into a slim paperback and focusing on instances of particular violence, tempered with flashes of unexpected light and beauty: the fear and isolation in the quiet of night, but also the poetry, the stars. 

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