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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Book Review: Boyhood Island by Karl Ove Knausgaard 

Boyhood Island is the third instalment in Karl Ove Knausgaard’s acclaimed “My Struggle” series, translated by Don Bartlett. While the second novel in the series, A Man in Love, dealt with Knausgaard’s experiences of fatherhood in Stockholm, this third book rewinds through history to recount his early childhood growing up with his brother Yngve on […]

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Book Review: Thus Bad Begins by Javier Marías (Trans. Margaret Jull Costa)

Regularly touted as a contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature, Javier Marías is one of the most revered names in contemporary Hispanic letters. Thus Bad Begins takes its title, along with several others of Marías’ work, from a Shakespeare play—this time Hamlet—and is his fourteenth work, published in Spanish in 2014. The novel was […]

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