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Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis

Imperial Bedrooms By Bret Easton Ellis Picador; Paperback; 178 pages; ISBN: 978-0-330-45261-8 £7.99 Scott Morris   Imperial Bedrooms finds Bret Easton Ellis once again raiding Elvis Costello’s back catalogue for the titles of his books, as he did for 1985’s Less Than Zero. Indeed, Bedrooms is something of a sequel to that first novel, which was published when he was twenty-one. Ellis has praised the … Continue reading Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis

Mrs Blythe and the Unidentified Amoeba

Mira Mattar Mrs Blythe was a mother of two. She lived with Mr Blythe and their daughter Clara in a four bedroom house in an expensive suburb of Milton Keynes. Mrs Blythe was five foot two and naturally blonde. The tip of her small, severely upturned nose reached almost to the point between her eyes. The interior of her nostrils was clearly visible. Her narrow … Continue reading Mrs Blythe and the Unidentified Amoeba

The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst

The Stranger’s Child Alan Hollinghurst Hardback, Picador, ISBN 978-0-330-483247 £20 Will Bowers The Stranger’s Child begins on the eve of the First World War with the poet Cecil Valance’s visit to Two Acres, the house of his Cambridge friend George Sawle. Hollinghurst’s opening is typical of his fascination with the dynamics of domestic settings, and the turbulent effects that strangers have upon them. The first … Continue reading The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst

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House of Exile by Evelyn Juers

House of Exile: War, Love and Literature from Berlin to Los Angeles Evelyn Juers Allen Lane; Hardback; 383 pages ISBN: 9781846144615 £ 25.00 Rachel Harris House of Exile is a work of extraordinary skill and breadth: an innovative and intuitive portrait of the artists, and intellectuals, who resisted the cultural juggernaut of World War II. This group biography takes Heinrich Mann as its itinerant lead. … Continue reading House of Exile by Evelyn Juers

Mark Ford’s Six Children

A review of Mark Ford’s latest collection, Six Children and a report of the Days of Roses poetry night in celebration of its publication. Kit Toda ‘Though unmarried I have had six children’ – Walt Whitman This strange claim made by Walt Whitman provided the title for Mark Ford’s latest collection, as well as the organising principle of tonight’s Days of Roses readings, in celebration … Continue reading Mark Ford’s Six Children

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Keeping a closer eye on…Sophie Mayer

Every so often we find an exciting new writer (or publisher) upon whom you should keep an eye and ask them a few questions. Sophie Mayer is a poet and academic based in London; her new collection ‘The Private Parts of Girls’ is published by Salt this year. An introduction to Sophie can be found here – interviewed by Anna Kirk, this is the longer … Continue reading Keeping a closer eye on…Sophie Mayer

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Keep an eye on…Sophie Mayer

Every so often we find an exciting new writer (or publisher) on whom you should keep an eye and ask them a few questions. Sophie Mayer is a poet and academic based in London; her new collection ‘The Private Parts of Girls’ is published by Salt this year. Interviewed by Anna Kirk, a longer transcript of their conversation is also available here.   You are … Continue reading Keep an eye on…Sophie Mayer

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Playing Days by Benjamin Markovits

Playing Days by Benjamin Markovits Faber & Faber; Paperback; 322 pages; Price: 12.99 ISBN: 9780571251810 Rachel Harris Playing Days is a Sports Novel of sorts; though this should not deter the less athletic reader. For at every quiet turn of this unlikely bildungsroman – set against the basketball courts of a small German town – Benjamin Markovits frustrates generic convention. Postgame showers are an occasion … Continue reading Playing Days by Benjamin Markovits