Review: Demi-Gods by Eliza Robertson

A few pages into the reading of this book I had to pause to Google “Whatever happened to the speech mark?” This ever-increasing trend seems difficult to avoid, and Bloomsbury are right on it throughout this latest offering from the publishing giant. (Incidentally, Google came up with the answer that forfeiting inverted commas makes the speech more immediate and direct. Whatever, I’m just going to make this sentence more direct by leaving out the full stop)

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Review: The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

John Boyne is angry with the Catholic Church.  His latest offering – the mighty tome that is The Heart’s Invisible Furies – feels like a cathartic exploration of that anger. He gets to it right away too, emphasising the often-cited hypocrisy of the church in his brutal opening sentence: “Long before we discovered that he had fathered two children by two different women… Father James Monroe stood on the altar of the Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, in the parish of Goleen, West Cork, and denounced my mother as a whore.”

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