Review: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Winner of The Booker Prize for 2019, shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction Bernardine Evaristo has taken the literary world by storm with her novel Girl, Woman, Other. I am always a bit wary of such literary sensations that are constantly in your face. I always wonder if a book is popular because it is simply a brilliant novel worth your time and money or whether it is popular because of a great marketing campaign. However, with the case of Bernardine Evaristo it is the former. The hype surrounding Girl, Woman, Other is completely justified.

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Review: Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami

What a breath of fresh air to have a whole novel focused on female characters! I am aware of the variety of novels out there that feature strong female voices, focus on entirely female cast but I have always had the feeling that there are more novels showcasing the male experience than the female. This is probably a big generalization and I am fully conscious that there are variety of issues that have influenced literary history but I just wanted to share my happiness at discovering a novel that was solely focused on women! Everyday, working-class female chatacters figuring out how to be women in our world and how to find themselves in a society that sometimes makes it really hard for a woman to get what she wants from life. Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami is exactly such a novel that is unapologetic when talking about gender expectations, double standards and what it is like to be a woman in our modern world, her focus falling on Tokyo and Osaka in Japan.

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Review: Strange Hotel by Eimear McBride

It is one of life’s minor misfortunes, somewhat major for the avid reader, when you pick up a book and you expect it to blow you away but it produces a slight gust at the very best. Strange Hotel was one of these books; it sounds fascinating when we read the blurb but the book itself, although discussing important and interesting topics, fails to deliver a full literary punch.

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Review: Makar/Unmakar Edited by Calum Rodger

makar/unmakar is a new poetry anthology published by Tapsalteerie and edited by Calum Rodger. It is a collection that introduces the reader to twelve contemporary poets who although very different from each other have one thing in common: they are not afraid to push poetical boundaries. It is important to say here that this reviewer is not a poetry expert but rather a reader who wants to get our of their comfort zone so this review is just the personal ruminations of a keen, just-introduced-to-poetry reader.

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