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‘Relaxed-fit Gap jeans and light beer’: a review of Teddy Wayne’s ‘Apartment’

Teddy Wayne, an author already praised by the American press for Apartment, sets the scene of his novel in mid-nineties New York — ‘an edgeless era of global-superpower peace and American prosperity,’ and what his narrator describes as ‘relaxed-fit Gap jeans and light beer.’ Inserting the characters into such a timeline imbues readers with a […]

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‘Beautiful wordsmithing’: Escape Routes review

Escape Routes is the debut book by Naomi Ishiguro, a recent graduate  of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. This alone may serve as a reason to read this book (her father, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Ian McEwan are among East Anglia’s esteemed graduates), but fortunately for us, there are many other reasons to […]

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‘Ingenuine, and ultimately fails to convince’: The Cockroach review

“That morning, Jim Sams, clever but by no means profound, woke from uneasy dreams to find himself transformed into a gigantic creature.” It just so happens that quoting the very first sentence of The Cockroach, brand new novella by Ian McEwan, is the best way to start a conversation about it. The satirical work of […]