Waterline by Ross Raisin

Waterline Ross Raisin Penguin (Viking Adult), Paperback, 272 pages, ISBN: 9780670917358 Price: £12.99 Victoria Symons Waterline, the second novel by the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year winner Ross Raisin, follows the steady decline of a Glaswegian former shipbuilder following the death of his wife Cathy. The novel starts after the funeral, with the marital home crowded with Mick’s sons and in-laws. Slowly, however, … Continue reading Waterline by Ross Raisin

The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness by Lila Azam Zanganeh

The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness Lila Azam Zanganeh Allen Lane, Hardback; 228 pages ISBN: 9781846143670 £20 Sophie Sexon The Enchanter is a peculiar new form of love story, if one might use that label at all. This curious book straddles the lines between fiction and fact as it explores ‘happiness’ in the works of Vladimir Nabokov, while exposing the very mechanisms of writing itself. Through … Continue reading The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness by Lila Azam Zanganeh


Preview: The Soho Literary Festival

Report by Imogen Greenhalgh With the opening of the inaugural Soho Literary Festival fast approaching, finding a moment to speak to the organiser, Claire Daly, wasn’t easy. Based at the Soho Theatre in Dean Street, the festival boasts almost 40 separate events and performances, which are taking place on the weekend of the 23rd-25th of September. Behind each one of these events is the hard … Continue reading Preview: The Soho Literary Festival

clinic II

clinic II Eggbox Publishing, paperback; 120pp. Limited run of 500 copies Eley Williams Earlier this summer clinic welcomed their second poetry anthology into the world during a night of live music, exhibition and readings from young artists and writers. The book’s contents page boasts an impressive roll-call of contributors, with Faber New Poets and freshly-minted Eric Gregory Award winners jostling for space with new writers. … Continue reading clinic II

Close Quarters by Justin Quinn

Close Quarters Justin Quinn The Gallery Press, 2011, Paperback, pp.78, ISBN 978-1-85235-508 1 Price: £10.50 Michael Bintley The title of Justin Quinn’s fifth collection, Close Quarters, invites a multitude of interpretations, with the volume’s accompanying blurb referring us to the ‘embraces and battles’ which are the focus of many of its poems. This phrase alone encourages us to perceive some of the many connections between … Continue reading Close Quarters by Justin Quinn

Story of a Secret State by Jan Karski

Story of a Secret State: My Report To The World Jan Karski Penguin Classics, Paperback; 421 Pages ISBN: 9780141196664 Price: £20 James Tanner Scepticism is not the exact word for my attitude when starting to read Story of a Secret State: My Report to the World, but it comes depressingly close. I felt fatigued regarding histories of spies (those whose review blurbs include the phrase … Continue reading Story of a Secret State by Jan Karski

New Collected Poems by Derek Mahon

New Collected Poems Derek Mahon The Gallery Press, paperback, 391pp. ISBN 978 1 85235 512 8 Edward Randell Born a Belfast Protestant and living in Co. Cork, Derek Mahon writes poems that are at once decidedly Irish and decidedly Other, exploring rootlessness and exile with sardonic pessimism. His New Collected Poems coincides with his 70th birthday year, and follows Gallery’s 1999 Collected Poems. Adding an … Continue reading New Collected Poems by Derek Mahon