Review: The Sound Mirror by Heidi James

Do you ever wonder how much your past has shaped you? Whether you are clay in the hands of your ancestors who have slowly been molding you to take the shape of the person you are right now? These are some of the questions that Heidi James’ new novel The Sound Mirror asks.

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Review: The Island Child by Molly Aitken

The Island Child is the debut novel of a new literary voice, Molly Aitken. Set on the island of Inis, an imagined island off the west coast of Ireland, The Island Child is a lyrical exploration of childhood, motherhood, and the role the past plays in our lives. Molly Aitken’s prose is beautiful and poignant, and it really brings to life the island, its inhabitants, and their lives.

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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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