Reviews

Review: The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

  The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson (Melville House / Graywolf Press) In the same week I reread Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts, I downloaded a Granta podcast with American writer and activist Rebecca Solnit. Solnit writes about place, politics and gender among other...

Review: The Sick Bag Song by Nick Cave

The Sick Bag Song by Nick Cave (Canongate) 25 years ago, German filmmaker Uli M. Schüppel made The Road to God Knows Where, a documentary that followed Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on a US tour. Shot in grainy black-and-white, this was not the hell-raising shenanigans...

Review: Last Night on Earth by Kevin Maher

  Last Night on Earth by Kevin Maher (Little Brown) In his debut novel The Fields, Kevin Maher introduced us to Ireland of the 1970s, and 13-year-old Jim Finnegan. It’s a classic first novel, an Irish Bildungsroman as Jim - the baby in a family of older girls -...

Review: Academy Street by Mary Costello

Academy Street by Mary Costello (Canongate) When Mary Costello’s collection The China Factory was published in 2012 by The Stinging Fly, it was clear that here was a writer of huge ability. Nominated for the Guardian First Book Award, her short stories braided the...

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