Men Like Air: An Interview with Tom Connolly

Yesterday saw the publication of Tom Connolly’s second novel Men Like Air. This follow-up to his debutThe Spider Truces tells the story of Finn, a 19-year old Englishman who has travelled to New York City to confront his brother after he escaped from the UK following the death of their parents some years earlier. Elsewhere in New York, […]

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Book Review: The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach 

Scott Stambach’s debut novel The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko tells the story of the titular Ivan, a 17-year-old lifelong resident of the Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children. Born 18 months after the devastating Chernobyl disaster, like many children in the region Ivan was born physically deformed and disabled, without any legs and with […]

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Book Review: What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell

Described by Publisher’s Weekly as ‘the first great novel of 2016’ and The New Republic as ‘the great gay novel of our time’, Garth Greenwell’s debut novel What Belongs to You (Straus, Ferrar & Giroux) was one of this year’s most hotly anticipated books upon its release in January. Developed from a novella published in 2011, Garthwell’s 200-page […]

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Book Review: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides 

Originally published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1993, The Virgin Suicides is the cult debut novel from American author Jeffrey Eugenides. Set in Eugenides’ native Michigan, the story recounts the sinister suicides of five teenage sisters in the leafy suburban town of Grosse Pointe. Told in the past tense 20 years after the suicides from the […]

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Book Review: breach by Annie Holmes & Olumide Popoola

“Here they are nameless; it doesn’t matter what they call themselves, they disappear and dissolve. Here it is muteness. It doesn’t have a name.”—“Expect Me”, Olumide Popoola breach is the first book in the new Peirene Now! series from London-based publisher Peirene Press. Originally established to champion translated fiction for Anglophone readers, Peirene Press has […]

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Interview: Olumide Popoola, Co-Author of Breach

Today I am both fortunate and excited to be hosting an exclusive interview on the blog with Olumide Popoola, lecturer at Goldsmiths and co-author of Peirene Press’ first commissioned work, breach. Set for publication this Monday (1st August), this timely collection of short stories is set in and around the Calais refugee camp and explores […]

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Book Review: When Paris Sizzled by Mary McAuliffe

The Roaring Twenties, or Les Années Folles as they are known to our cousins across the Channel, were a time of rip-roaring change across Europe. Sandwiched between two devastating World Wars, it was an era of rapid technological and cultural change which would lay down the foundations for the modern world as we know it […]

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Book Review: The Girls by Emma Cline

One of the most hyped book releases of summer 2016, The Girls is the debut novel by Columbia MFA graduate Emma Cline. Set in Cline’s native California predominantly in the late 1960s, the novel is a semi-fictionalised recreation of the Manson Family murders told from the perspective of 14-year-old Evie Boyd. Written in first-person, the […]

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