The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore (1955)

Poor Judith. That's the only way I can think of her. I can't remember the last time I pitied a character in a novel as much. And it's not because she lives alone, it's not because her looks lean toward the unfortunate, and it's not because she spent years taking care of her sick aunt. … Continue reading The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore (1955)

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Shadow Giller: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

I put off writing my review of The Wonder for a couple of weeks after reading Kim's excellent review. I couldn't see how I could add anything more. But I have taken some time to forget about what she wrote so that I can concentrate on my own notes. Fans of Emma Donoghue will surely … Continue reading Shadow Giller: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Reading Ireland: Academy Street and On Canaan’s Side

March was Reading Ireland month, hosted by Cathy at 746Books. I was hoping to read at least one book by an Irish author that month, but it didn't happen. So, now, here are two. Better late than never, right Cathy? When I read that Academy Street was Kim's book of the year on her blog Reading Matters, … Continue reading Reading Ireland: Academy Street and On Canaan’s Side

Malarky by Anakana Schofield

Malarky spins and glitters like a coin flipped in the air - now searingly tragic, now blackly funny. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.     - Annabel Lyon [from the front cover] Malarky took me by surprise. It made me laugh, it shocked me, and it made me squirm with discomfort. By turns, it was shockingly raw, achingly funny, and absurdly bizarre. … Continue reading Malarky by Anakana Schofield